Thursday, July 26, 2007

Entropic Readies IPO -- In-home Networking Silicon

Entropic Communications, a supplier of silicon solutions for in-home networking, filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The offering is expected to include shares sold by Entropic and by certain of its stockholders.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Lehman Brothers Inc. will be acting as joint book-running managers of the proposed offering. In addition, Thomas Weisel Partners LLC, JMP Securities LLC and ThinkEquity Partners LLC will be acting as co-managers.

  • In June 2007, Entropic Communications introduced a new version of its c.LINK Coaxial Network Processor for home networking of digital entertainment. Entropic's solution uses existing coax cabling, found in more than 90 percent of all households in the U.S., for distribution of multiple high definition and standard definition video, digital voice and broadband data.

    Entropic said its latest chipset can sustain performance of 270 Mbps. It operates at RF frequencies between 850 to 1500 MHz, allowing coexistence with the frequencies used by wired delivery services. The EN2210 carries key protocols such as IEEE 1394 and Ethernet, the latter making for an easy transition to IP television. c.LINK is essentially IP over coax. It also has embedded all of the required yet still evolving digital rights management (DRM) formats and protocols.

    Entropic's c.LINK is the core technology behind the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA-TM) MAC/PHY 1.0 specification.

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