November 4, 2008

DS2 Teams With NETGEAR to Bring the Next Generation of Powerline Communications Solutions to Consumers

DS2, the leading technology innovator and global supplier of high-speed powerline communications technology, announced today that DS2 Aitana 200Mbps powerline chipset will drive NETGEAR's Powerline HD Ethernet Adapter Kit (HDXB111). The DS2 based solution turns an ordinary electrical outlet into an HD-streaming Ethernet connection ideal for IPTV and video streaming applications and can connect PCs, DVRs, set-top boxes, and game consoles to the home network.

"NETGEAR provides advanced home networking products to our customers to help them benefit from a connected lifestyle today and into the future. We chose to work with DS2 as interoperability and backwards compatibility are key areas of strength with DS2 technology, and customers buying NETGEAR's powerline adapters based on the Aitana chipset can easily set up a home network that communicates with previous products from NETGEAR based on DS2 and other UPA compliant technology," said Chris Geiser, NETGEAR's product line manager for Powerline devices.

DS2 is the only powerline technology that supports Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) and embedded software support for TR-069 on chip. LLTD protocol from Microsoft is intended to provide effortless, secure and reliable connectivity between devices and PCs, support new connectivity scenarios, and richer experiences for customers. Embedded software support for TR-069 remote management protocol allows Service Providers to remotely access to powerline modems for monitoring, configuring, upgrading and troubleshooting.

Delivering the most advanced powerline communications solution, DS2 has built-in automatic power saving functionality into the Aitana chipset that reduces the power consumption to a minimum when the powerline adapters are not in use and a smart repeating capability providing virtually 100% coverage to build the home network by repeating the signal through an intermediate node.

"The significant growth among consumers in adoption of powerline communications as an ideal solution for bringing broadband to the home and creating home networks has a lot to do with the companies bringing these solutions to consumers. Having the Aitana chipset, with its inherent interoperability and ease-of-use, built into the newest NETGEAR solution will only increase customer demand for powerline communications products," said Victor Dominguez, DS2 VP Sales.

The latest DS2 chipsets and built-in Quality of Service (QoS) ensure fast, high-quality, consistent performance for real-time HD video and audio streaming for a digital media adapter (DMA) like the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000), or for IPTV, Internet gaming, and VoIP calls. With data rates up to 200 Mbps, large file transfers to networked storage devices like NETGEAR's ReadyNAS Duo (RND2150) can be up to 12 times faster than previous Powerline networking products, all with automatic push button security that can be configurable to the highest grade 256-bit AES encryption.


-- Up to 200 Mbps+ data rates for IPTV, video streaming, and other high-bandwidth applications

-- Pass-thru female power plug to provide noise-filtered power outlet

-- Built-in Quality of Service (QoS) for video, voice, and data

-- Push-button security pairing for ease of setup and use

-- Optional manual or automatic standby functionality for efficient power consumption

-- Predictable and dependable network speeds

-- Latest DS2 analog and digital chipsets for optimum performance, powerline-friendly -- easily coexists with NETGEAR's Wall-plugged or HomePlug compatible products(1)

-- Compatible with NETGEAR HDX101 Powerline HD Adapter

About DS2

DS2 is the leading technology innovator and a global provider of high-speed semiconductor solutions for Powerline Communications and other wire-line network communications products. Led by a very strong team of former executives from IBM, AT&T/Bell-Labs, INTEL, Philips Semiconductors, France Telecom, Ericsson and Cisco we deliver state-of-the-art ICs and software solutions to manufacturers of consumer electronics, home networking and digital entertainment equipment and broadband access products. DS2 invented high-speed Powerline Communications delivering the first 200 Mbps Powerline Communications IC to enable quality multimedia home networking, networked entertainment and broadband access applications to and throughout the home, office, or building, and to and throughout urban and rural communities. Enabling the hidden multimedia network behind the power outlet is the purpose of DS2. Our mission is to connect the Planet.