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Sigma strikes back in the Home Networking wars

By PETER WHITE

Published: 8 September, 2011

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Sigma Designs, one of the keenest protagonists in the home networking wars, has taken time off from pushing the nascent G.hn home networking technology to re-assert its claims in HomePlug. It has lashed out at the performance and design of the market leading Qualcomm Atheros offerings, which claims a 500 Mbps PHY rate, and said its new chip is more conventionally HomePlug, only has a 200 Mbps PHY, but totally outperforms the Atheros device.

This is the latest blow in a war between the two for dominance of the video based home network, which Broadcom has yet to enter aggressively despite buying into the business when it bought Gigle Networks.

The new Sigma chip is its CG2210, built in 65 nanometers, and half the package size of previous Sigma Homeplug chips. It operates a 200 Mbps PHY, but Michael Weissman, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Sigma says it offers a 15% throughout improvement over its own previous chips.

The power consumption has dropped from 1 watts to 0.4 watts, adhering to the stringent new EuP 2013 energy conservation guidelines and the chip supports TR69, which is a an increasingly well-established remote management protocol. The CG2210 significantly reduces the bill of materials says Weissman,

"When we use Clearpath with this chip (the MIMO version which uses all three power cables simultaneously) it runs over 70% more outlets and runs 31% faster over surge protectors versus competitors." The reference is oblique but we're sure by competitors he is referring to the Atheros 7400 chip set.

"In the real world we measure how good a Homeplug chip is by how fast it goes when attached to all the power outlets in a home. This chip will offer 20 Mbps on 70% more outlets than our closest rival (Atheros)." When Clearpath is added that number skyrockets says Weissman.

For a full version of this article see www.rethinkresearch.biz or email Peter White peter@rethinkresearch.biz for a copy of that issue.

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