Nov 9 IEEE ComSocSCV meeting: on Video Distribution in the Home!

Our Nov 9th meeting in Santa Clara, CA  will feature 3 speakers, a panel discussion and a DiiVA demo during our networking session from 6pm to 6:30pm.   A few years ago many (including this author) thought that IEEE 802.11n would dominate home networking, including video transport within the home.  That clearly has not happened and a lot of start ups that bet on it, went bankrupt.  Instead, we have a miz of technologies, with MOCA probably used most in the U.S. because most homes here are wired with coax cable (not UTP-5 or 6).  A broad range of technologies will be described and debated at this important ComSoc meeting (see below for more info).

Please RSVP for cash/check payment at door or Eventbrite paid ticket necessary if you want food/drinks during our 6pm-6:30pm networking session when we’ll show the DiiVA demo & have a preview of our Dec 7th meeting.  If you do not plan to take ANY food/drinks there is no need to RSVP- just come to the meeting at No Charge

Session Abstract
With the growing demand for broadband media content on devices in the home —TVs, computers, gaming consoles, network-attached storage units, tablets and smartphones— the need for high quality connectivity has never been more important. We are seeing growing consumer interest and rapid advances in home video distribution solutions optimized for the transmission of multimedia content.  Complete details at:

  • Michael  Tsatsanis, Director of Systems Engineering, Entropic Communications
  • Todd Antes, VP Marketing, Digital Home, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.
  • Vinay Gokhale, SVP of Marketing & Business Development, Entropic Communications

Here is a quick overview of each talk:

1. Michael Tsatsanis will talk about how Entropic leveraged the ubiquitous availability of coaxial cable infrastructure in North America to make MoCA (Multimedia-Over-Coax) the technology of choice for carrier grade multimedia networking for cable, satellite and telco operators. Michael will provide an overview of MoCA and review the technical challenges that had to be overcome to address the operators’ needs for ubiquitous coverage and coexistence with legacy services. MoCA is a great example of the right technology being applied to the right problem at the right time and under the right market conditions.

2. Todd Antes will describe Qualcomm Atheros’ Hy-Fi Technology and show that this takes an unprecedented approach to solving the home networking issues faced by many consumers. Rather than forcing one technology to fit every home and every application, Hy-Fi leverages Qualcomm Atheros’ arsenal of Wi-Fi®, HomePlug® AV and Ethernet solutions to deliver a high-performance network with the reliability of wires and the flexibility of wireless.

3. Vinay Gokhale will discuss why MoCA will retain its dominant position in home video distribution and how service providers can extend the reach of MoCA networks using inexpensive MoCA/WiFi adapters to offer everything that the consumer may need without the need for any radical change in technology. He will lay out a road map that shows MoCA the backbone of a network via which Consumers will be able to easily access their favorite shows and take them to go on their TVs, PCs, tablets and other portable devices.

After the presentations, the three speakers will engage in a lively panel session with the moderator and the audience.

Session Organizer

Sanjay Kasturia, IEEE ComsocSCV Vice Chair

Session Chair

Narasimha Chari, IEEE ComsocSCV Director of Wireless Programs and Founder & CTO of Tropos Networks

Register (only if you want to be assured of food/drinks during our networking reception: 6pm-6:30pm):

0 thoughts on “Nov 9 IEEE ComSocSCV meeting: on Video Distribution in the Home!

  1. Our 6pm-6:30pm networking session will be very lively with a DiiVA demo by Synership, preview of our Dec 7 SVP Smart Grid network meeting, and XO Communications talking up Ethernet over Copper, IP MPLS VPN and cloud computing initiatives planned for 2012. Please arrive at 6pm to participate in the meeting within the meeting!

  2. With a plethora of media players already in the market, many of which already offering HDTV, I am curious to find out the value propositions SynerChip is claiming.

  3. Synerchip is a supporter of DiiVA, which is a very high speed home network distribution system operating on category 6 (high grade) twisted pair. DiiVA has nothing to do with media players or video codecs but can recognize formats and find compatible players on the DiiVA based home network

  4. 1. As 802.11n has NOT been commercially successful in transport of video over HANs, what about WiGig? Or is there another high performance wireless HAN technology that will transport video (SDTV and HDTV formats) from one screen to another

    Background: The Wi-Gig specification enables high performance wireless data, display and audio applications that supplement the capabilities of today’s wireless LAN devices. Wi-Gig tri-band enabled devices, which operate in the 2.4, 5 and 60 GHz bands, deliver data transfer rates up to 7 Gbps, more than 10 times faster than the highest 802.11n rate while maintaining compatibility with existing Wi-Fi devices. Additionally, the technology was designed to support a multitude of applications on both low power and high performance devices, including consumer electronics, PCs, handheld devices, streaming video and home networking equipment. The Wireless Gigabit Alliance adopter members develop wireless products that use the unlicensed 60 GHz spectrum. At

    2. For many years, has been the ultimate wired HAN. In fact ComSocSCV had a talk on that topic 4 years ago! But it doesn’t seem to have any market traction? Why not?

    Background: is the common name for a home network technology standard developed under the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) and promoted by the HomeGrid Forum. It supports networking over powerlines, phonelines and coaxial cables with data rates up to 1 Gbit/s.

    ITU Recommendation G.9960, which received approval on October 9, 2009,[4] specifies the Physical Layer and the architecture of The Data Link Layer (Recommendation G.9961) was approved on June 11, 2010.[5] The work was done in the ITU-T Telecommunication Standardization Sector, Study Group 15, Question 4. Over 20 companies participated regularly, including some large telephone companies, communication equipment companies, and home networking technology companies.

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