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8/19/2010 06:23 PM EDT
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jimcondon
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jimcondon   8/24/2010 12:15:22 AM
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I think Broadcom will have to move into this area or leave opportunities on the table for Marvell. It's not a either/or choice, chip manufacturers like Broadcom and Marvell need a full portfolio to make sure their competitors can't get a win by hyping a capability they don't have and Powerline has the opportunity to be a large market, even if it doesn't dominate wifi or MOCA.

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goafrit   8/21/2010 9:21:41 PM
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I agree, Powerline has lots of promise. It may not be very lucrative since they may have to sign contracts with utilities, but by and large it could a vital tool to future communication

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rick merritt   8/20/2010 5:14:15 PM
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Yeah powerline has problems, but the underlying technology can be used to send data over coax (competing with Moca). In addition, Atheros is trying to develop a mesh technology to use Wi-Fi in a room and powerline to go from room to room where through-wall penetration is an issue. And some carriers prefer powerline to Wi-Fi, so you have to have it all.

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Jagdish Bisawa   8/20/2010 2:51:38 PM
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I feel that Broadcom would have done this with a specific intention of jumping into the PLC band-wagon. You cannot ignore this technology (PLC) if you are a player in the communications domain & Broadcom has taken a right move by adding inorganically to it's portfolio of products. Powerline communications is surely going to go places in the next few years. Every new technology has it's "teething phase" problems & PLC had it's own. However, with the recent advances we will see more deployments. The best part about this technology is that it is using the existing laid & ubiquitous network of wires & it can "talk through wires". I have used PLC where WiFi failed to deliver. There are problems though, but they aren't as dominant as those of WiFi. PLC has a good potential for application areas like home automation & home networking.

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medisco   8/20/2010 12:42:01 PM
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Where would PMCS stands in this area? Would it be a potential interest for BRCM, or others?

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Jimelectr   8/20/2010 4:37:51 AM
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Well, I say good luck to Marvell and Atheros with powerline networking. My understanding is that there are some installations (houses) for which it just doesn't work well at all. Broadcom (my employer) has therefore steered clear of it, but you never know.

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Kinnar   8/20/2010 3:40:17 AM
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It seems that power line networking era is comming up. In fact it is not in used much due to the lack of reliable product/technology, but I can see that the time has come up to see atleast one PLCC in every big home where wifi is not being able to send signals in every corner of the house.

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rick merritt   8/19/2010 6:45:35 PM
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I hope to interview a Marvell exec on the DS2 buy later today, so if you have questions, please chime in.

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