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InCablenet to deploy Entropic's STB SoC technology

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MUMBAI: India‘s leading cable multi-system operator (MSO) InCablenet has deployed Entropic‘s set top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) technology, the CX2448x.

The deployment of Entropic‘s STB SoC will enable advanced digital broadcast and broadband services to the 8.5 million cable-connected TV homes InCablenet serves across India.

The partnership with Entropic will allow InCablenet to gain access to a state-of-the-art solution with advanced features such as DVR capability that will give them a competitive edge throughout the digitization transition.

"India‘s cable TV market is poised for a broad network upgrade to provide compelling, interactive and affordable digital services to more than 130 million subscribers," said IMCL MD Ravi Mansukhani.

"This opportunity has led us to strategic partners like Entropic, who have a reputable local presence with Standard-Definition SoCs, can minimize new product time-to-market with pre-established Conditional Access relationships, and can help us increase revenue by enabling value-added digitization services."

"Given the ‘analog sunset‘ timeframe and the number of potential set-top boxes to be deployed, we worked closely with Entropic to customize a silicon solution for InCablenet‘s client devices," said Novabase Digital TV MD Michael Pauli.

"Our set-top boxes leverage Entropic‘s advanced silicon and software, which allowed us to focus on delivering a product-to-market quickly while ensuring flexibility, functionality, and cost optimization all remained high priorities."

The Entropic SoC had several security features including advanced Conditional Access (CA) integration with Nagra for protection against piracy; an advanced one-time-programmable (OTP) memory technology to personalize individual STBs with unique serial numbers and encryption keys; and uses embedded cryptographic technology for secure authentication of any STB system software loaded into the Flash memory.

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