SAN JOSE, Calif. CopperGate Communications has licensed a next-generation processor core from ARC International for its home networking chips. The new core will power a chip CopperGate is designing to support the pending ITU G.hn
standard for running data at rates up to a Gbit/second over copper, coax or powerline.
"G.hn calls for a more powerful CPU core that can drive Gbit/second data rates over three wires," said Richard Nesin, director of marketing for CopperGate.
CopperGate is mainly known for its chips that use the HPNA 3.1 standard for home networking over phone lines. Besides use within the home, a separate family of those chips is used to distribute Internet access around apartment and office buildings are beginning to get traction with service providers in Asia delivering so-called triple play phone, TV and data services.
"HPNA is a cost effective alternative to standards like DOCSIS from Cable Labs and cable TV suppliers in the Far East are beginning to adopt it," Nesin said.
"Consumers and operators crave bandwidth for home entertainment applications like triple play and this agreement [with ARC] makes it easy for CopperGate to deliver the performance they require," said Gabi Hilevitz, chief executive officer of CopperGate in a prepared statement. "With the latest ARC technology, CopperGate will continue to be the performance leader, staying ahead of growing customer needs by enabling gateways, optical network terminals and set-top boxes to easily network over existing wires."
Recently CopperGate acquired the powerline chip group of Conexant that supports the HomePlug specification.
CopperGate's chips have used ARC processor cores and the new license includes ARCs latest cores. An ARC spokesman suggested the new license was broad in scope.
"This new agreement provides CopperGate a long-term, corporate-wide licensing arrangement that allows them to concentrate on their core technology development while ARC concurrently enhances the licensed IP," said Bill Jackson, ARC's vice president of marketing, speaking in a press statement.