Gigle has developed a new architecture for home networking over existing wires (powerline, coaxial cable, and phoneline) that delivers the sustained high bandwidth, quality of service, ease of use, flexibility of installation, and management capabilities required by the most demanding home multimedia networks – such as distribution of multiple HD video streams throughout the home.

1Gbps Entertainment-grade Home Networking

David Sorensen | Gigle

Hometoys Interview With David Sorensen Of Gigle Semiconductor
1Gbps Entertainment-grade Home Networking

David has over 25 years of experience numerous high growth segments of the communication semiconductor industry in a variety of executive business leadership roles. Prior to Gigle, David was vice president of marketing and a co-founder at Amalfi Semiconductor, focused on developing RF CMOS devices for mobile phones. Before Amalfi, David was responsible for Broadcom’s entry into the Gigabit Ethernet market. David drove the overall vision and business strategy of the highly successful Gigabit transceiver product family, achieving greater than 65% market share and revenues surpassing $60M. David was also responsible for leveraging this core technology with licensing agreements and M&As to positioning Broadcom to become the dominant silicon provider in Ethernet NIC cards for PCs. David also served as director of strategic marketing for the communications group at Advanced Micro Devices. David holds a BSEE from Arizona State University.

1) What technology is Gigle using in their latest home networking products and how does it work?
Gigle has developed a new architecture for home networking over existing wires (powerline, coaxial cable, and phoneline) that delivers the sustained high bandwidth, quality of service, ease of use, flexibility of installation, and management capabilities required by the most demanding home multimedia networks – such as distribution of multiple HD video streams throughout the home.

The company’s dual-channel home networking technology combines HomePlug® AV on powerline with a second channel that simultaneously delivers Gigle’s mediaxtream™ technology on powerline, coaxial cable or phone line at physical-layer rates up to 1000Mbps.

On-chip intelligence can dynamically aggregate the channels for higher performance, or uses them to form a self-configuring xtendnet™ mesh network that re-times and re-generates signals.  This self-configuring mesh network enhances whole-house network performance, coverage, stability and reliability as new adapters are added to the network. The result is high data throughput even under extreme noise conditions that can occur in powerline, phoneline and coaxial cables.

Unlike alternative two- or three-device chipsets, Gigle’s devices are fully integrated single-chip solutions that combine the analog front end, modem digital signal processor (DSP), buffer RAM and an advanced packet switching engine on a single die. No external RAM memory is required, and the result is lower total system cost and a more compact product design when compared to alternative multi-chip solutions.  This optimizes system product cost and makes it easier to embed Gigle’s devices inside consumer electronics and IT products.

 

2) What does Gigle’s breakthrough 1Gbps entertainment-grade networking speeds mean for the end-user experience?
With 1Gbps entertainment-grade networking speeds, consumers see a dramatic improvement in the transfer rates of large data files, increased online gaming performance, and the ability to stream multiple HD movies, among other applications.  Consumers have the same high quality, no jitter, low latency experience whether their content is coming from the STB attached to their TV or the DVR on the other side of their house. 

Since the network uses existing wires and requires essentially no setup or configuration, consumers also benefit from the simplicity.  In other words, the home network is invisible to the consumer. Connectivity is built into products as an integrated feature, and all connected devices conform to universal standards, so that consumers don’t need to think about interoperability when purchasing entertainment and computer equipment from different vendors.

 

3) Right now your technology is used in Belkin adapters – how soon will it be available in other products, and where will consumers be able to buy it?
Gigle is actively pursuing additional networking vendors to adopt our technology for use in their end-user products that are sold at major consumer electronic stores in the U.S. and Europe.

 

4) Will these products be compatible with products from other manufacturers as well?
Yes. Gigle’s system-on-chip family comprises two devices which are interoperable with other certified HomePlug® AV integrated circuits.

 

5) In addition to it being available at retail, how soon until service providers also begin offering these adapter products to their subscribers? 
With the growing trend to IPTV-delivered content, we anticipate a variety of interesting new offerings from service providers.   We believe our “any wire” technology provides the best entertainment-grade networking option for the consumer since high-quality content can be delivered via existing coax, powerline and phone lines.  We envision a number of opportunities for service providers to deliver “any wire” home entertainment networking services in a variety of bundled-offering formats.

 

6) Most home networking technologies have fallen short on either performance or whole-house coverage in video, gaming and entertainment applications. How does your dual-channel technology and the associated the xtendnet mesh networking concept solve those problems?
While other home networking technologies make use of only one medium – powerline, coaxial cable or phoneline -- Gigle’s flagship device, the GGL541 dual-channel IC, can operate on two media simultaneously. Using two media significantly improves overall network reliability as signal inhibitors on one media can be bypassed on the other. Also, the number of network points increases so that every power socket and every coaxial cable or phone socket is a network connection point.  In practice, the GGL541 leverages Gigle’s patented mediaxtream™ technology to deliver raw throughput data rates of up to 1Gbps, and xtendnet™ technology, to enable each node in the network to function as a repeater, increasing the overall range of the signal to assure total home network coverage and improve throughput between distant devices.

 

7) What is the next generation of products that Gigle is working on and what will they do to further improve the home network?
Gigle will continue to enhance its product offering, leveraging its core entertainment-grade home networking technologies to deliver faster, more robust and higher-quality content delivery throughout the home.


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