Cavium Networks Collaborates with Atheros to Enable Wireless HD Video Distribution to Flat Panel Displays
Cavium Networks’ netHD Platform Optimized with Atheros High-Performance 802.11n WLAN Solutions
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. June 1, 2009 –
Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, storage, wireless, video and security applications, today announced a collaboration with Atheros Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHR) to offer an integrated platform that enables wireless HD 1080p60 video transmission to flat panel displays. Wireless video distribution is increasingly used by consumer electronic manufacturers, service providers, gaming console vendors, and aftermarket gateway and HDMI cable replacement vendors to connect multiple video sources to flat panel displays without wires. Cavium Networks is showcasing this new design in suite, #1038, in the Grand Hyatt Taipei during COMPUTEX 2009, June 2 – 6.
Cavium Networks’ netHD technology, paired with Atheros’ 802.11n XSPAN® MIMO-based, dual-band solution, uses standard H.264 video encoding, IP networking and quality of service techniques to provide 1080p60 high-quality wireless video. Atheros’ XSPAN family of solutions provides up to 300Mbps data rates with range of more than 100 feet through multiple walls. Additionally, Atheros XSPAN solutions provide multiple Quality of Service parameters that are dynamically tuned on-the-fly by Cavium’s netHD technology to provide a smooth and high-quality HD video experience to the flat panel end user.
“802.11n, the newest generation of the immensely popular Wi-Fi family, enables actual throughput levels of more than 100 Mbps, which readily support high-performance, high-definition video transmissions from PCs, media adapters and other consumer electronics devices to flat panel displays,” says Brian O’Rourke, In-Stat analyst. “This expanded capability is making wireless video distribution a reliable convenience in the home that will greatly enhance the consumer experience.”
“Wi-Fi® enables a number of exciting video-over-wireless applications which are gaining momentum with the finalization of the 802.11n standard and the enhanced performance that it delivers,” said Todd Antes, vice president of computing and consumer networking for Atheros Communications. “Atheros is pleased to combine its industry-leading, high-performance 802.11n XSPAN technology with Cavium’s low-latency H.264 processors to seamlessly deliver wireless HD video content from consumer electronics, gaming and set-top box products to HD displays.”
“Cavium’s real time H.264 encoding and high-performance processors will fuel the wireless video revolution when paired with the robustness of 802.11n’s bandwidth,” said Lars Herlitz, general manager of multi-media business group for Cavium Networks. “We are excited to offer our first netHD evaluation system featuring Atheros 802.11n XSPAN technology. With our combined expertise, we look forward to enabling ubiquitous wireless HD video.”
The netHD evaluation platform provides a cost effective, ready-to-use and feature-rich development platform to build next generation in-home wireless distribution systems called netHD gateways. netHD integrates the Cavium Networks’ PureVu CNW3602, OCTEON CN50XX processor and Atheros’ widely-adopted XSPAN 802.11n chipset. The platform offers 2x HDMI interfaces, 1x VGA input, 1x SPDIF audio output, 1x GE port and 1x USB 2.0 host. The HDMI interfaces can input 1080p60 HD video and send a secure compressed video stream via 802.11n WLAN to a receiving flat panel. The netHD evaluation platform ships with ready-to-use software called the netHD application suite.
The netHD platform and development software kit are immediately available from Cavium Networks. For pricing and more information on how to order the netHD evaluation platform please contact Cavium Networks.