OCALA, Florida Intellon Corp., a fabless semiconductor company specializing in powerline networking and communications, announced Wednesday (Sept. 29) the intention to introduce an 85-Mbit/s powerline networking chipset and a 200-Mbit/s product line in 2005.
The chipset, part numbered INT5500CS, complies with HomePlug 1.0 specification, which specifies a bandwidth of 14-Mbit/s, but offers higher bandwith suitable for home entertainment applications such as standard definition video and whole house audio, the company said.
The chipset comprises the INT5500 baseband (MAC/PHY) processor and the INT1200 analog front end (AFE). The INT5500 chipset is scheduled to begin sampling in the first quarter of 2005, with production volumes following in the second quarter.
"The INT5500CS is the second step in a three-tier product strategy designed to meet the increasing bandwidth needs of the evolving digital home," said Andreas Melder, senior vice president of sales, marketing and business development at Intellon, in a statement. Melder said a 200-Mbit/s HomePlugAV-compliant product line would join the INT5500CS in 2005.