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Wi-Fi/PLC Switching To Get CES Demo

12/29/2009 12:34:36 PM Eastern
Las Vegas - A new technology that startup Gigle Networks plans to demo here at International CES will enable consumer electronics products to switch automatically between Wi-Fi and powerline-carrier (PLC) to maintain streaming-A/V quality over a home network, the company contends.

The company will stream HD video across a Wi-Fi/PLC network that uses the Wi-Fi 802.11n and HomePlug AV industry standards.

"The biggest challenge to date with a Wi-Fi-only or PLC-only implementation is the lack of quality of service when either transport fails," business development VP Andy Melder told TWICE. "This is a major breakthrough in intelligent home networking management."

The demo, he said, "will show our fail-over mechanism in action when either transport - HPAV or Wi-Fi - fails. When either transport fails, the redundancy built into our intelligent switching agent results in quality of service being maintained. This is critical for either an operator or over-the-top content delivery service, and it should make a TV OEM quite happy."

The company's technology, called Xtendnet, is designed to continually monitor the performance of both networks.

Gigle will demonstrate the technology at Hilton Hotel suite 560 and in the HomePlug Powerline Alliance Tech Zone in the Convention Center South Hall. The company expects the technology will turn up first in home routers and gateways, and then be available as an embedded technology in CE products.

Separately, Gigle will also demonstrate its 1Gbps Mediaxtreme technology, which sends data and A/V content over powerlines, a home's coaxial cables or twisted-pair wiring at actual throughputs of about 500Mbps. The 1Gbps technology could be used in conjunction with 200Mbps HomePlug AV to deliver data at 1.2Gbps.

Gigle has offices in Redwood City, Calif.; Barcelona, Spain; and Edinburgh, Scotland.
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