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Aug 04, 2008 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- ENTR | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- Entropic Communications, a fabless semiconductor company, has announced that DirecTV has incorporated its Channel Stacking Switch technology in DirecTV's SWM-ODU dish unit.

According to Entropic, the SWM-ODU will deliver the full suite of DirecTV's HD programming directly to all of the consumer's set-top boxes (STB) in the home through a single wire. In the past, a typical installation of one HD DVR, one DVR and two standard STBs required six cables to be run into the house from the satellite dish, but now, utilizing a SWM-ODU, the number of cables from the satellite dish is reduced to one.

Entropic's Channel Stacking Switch (CSS) technology is used in DirecTV's SWM-ODU to enable delivery of the KA/KU satellite signals from the dish to set-top box receivers in the home over a single cable. CSS technology enables DirecTV's SWM-ODU to provide access to all available program content to up to 8 tuners with a single cable run from the dish.

Entropic's core CSS technology supports up to 12 tuners and enables the simultaneous reception of multiple channels from multiple satellites over a single wire. This single wire connects the outdoor unit to the many STBs in the home and delivers all available programming to all TVs in the home.

Patrick Henry, CEO of Entropic, said: "We are pleased that DirecTV has launched their single cable SWM-ODU product using our CSS technology. We wish to thank the engineering teams at both DirecTV and Entropic for their hard work developing this product. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with DirecTV on innovative solutions for connected entertainment."

Romulo Pontual, CTO of DirecTV, said: "Our SWM-ODU, incorporating Entropic's CSS, is an important technology roll-out that enables us to further enhance operations and achieve excellence in customer satisfaction by improving installations and equipment reliability."


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