Celeno to Power Liberty Global’s Multimedia Home Gateway with Carrier-Grade Wi-Fi

Celeno helps to revolutionize cable operator’s home networking architecture with wireless streaming of HD video to set top boxes and portable devices

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AMSTERDAM--()--Celeno Communications, a leading provider of semiconductors for multimedia Wi-Fi home networking applications, today announced that Liberty Global, Inc. (“Liberty Global”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB, LBTYK) ─ the leading international cable operator ─ has selected Celeno’s Wi-Fi solution to power its multimedia home gateway product, announced earlier this year.

With today’s announcement, Celeno is helping to revolutionize home networks by enabling the multimedia home gateway to distribute rich video content to additional screens in the home ─ wirelessly.

The multimedia home gateway leverages both Wi-Fi and DLNA, allowing wireless streaming to other client devices in the home. Consumers will enjoy locating set-top boxes flexibly, breaking free from coax locations. This architecture is also easy enough for consumers to self- install, which leads to a cost-effective operation.

“For cable operators, providing streaming video content beyond traditional set-top boxes is no longer just an option, it’s mandatory,” said Colin Dixon, Senior Partner at the Diffusion Group. “Carrier-grade Wi-Fi solutions such as Celeno’s are now essential to cable operators as customers increasingly expect multi-media delivery to wireless devices, anywhere in the home.”

Executive Quotes:

“Wireless delivery of video content to multiple video displays is an important part of our home gateway strategy,” said Balan Nair, Senior Vice President and CTO at Liberty Global. “Celeno was able to meet our stringent performance requirements. Its Wi-Fi solution demonstrated the level of flexibility required to meet Liberty Global’s advanced home networking topology.”

“We are proud to have been selected for this pioneering project, teaming up with world-class partners,” said Gilad Rozen, CEO and President of Celeno. “Liberty Global has defined an innovative Wi-Fi deployment architecture which will benefit the customer with consumption of content throughout the home.”

Solution highlights / Key facts:

  • Liberty Global is the leading international cable operator. As of June 30, 2010, Liberty Global serves 18 million customers.
  • Liberty Global has partnered with Samsung to build a multimedia home gateway, which will be powered by the Intel® Atom™ CE Media Processor, NDS middleware, and Celeno CL1820 Wi-Fi solution and OptimizAIR™ technology.
  • The device is scheduled for deployment in Europe in 2011.
  • The CL1820 supports Implicit beam forming and “base station” techniques to achieve HD performance to 3rd party Wi-Fi clients such as smart phones, laptops and iPAD™
  • The Celeno solution meets the rigorous performance requirements for European carrier-grade Wi-Fi:
    • Long range and multi-floor coverage – whole-home coverage with transmit beam forming and antenna diversity technology
    • Consistent HD performance with zero packet error rate based on channel-aware scheduling and adaptive rate estimation
    • Interference resiliency and seamless radio channel hopping to sustain multiple networks in saturated neighborhoods
    • Efficient power consumption by leveraging on only two transmit radios while utilizing four antennas and intelligent channel-aware antenna selection
  • The CL1820 solution supports a concurrent dual band reference design and provides architectural and real-estate advantages for gateway manufactures
  • The CL1820 is currently available in mass production to residential gateways and set top box manufacturers

About Celeno

Celeno is a leading provider of high performance Wi-Fi chips for HD multimedia and entertainment home networking applications. Powered by Celeno's system-on-chip (SoC) and its OptimizAIR™ technology, home gateways, multi-room DVRs and media servers can distributed multiple and simultaneous HD video streams to standard set-top boxes, PCs, television sets and other WiFi enabled consumer devices. Founded in 2005, the company has offices and representatives in EMEA, the U.S. and Asia-Pacific, and is backed by blue chip investors including Cisco Systems, Greylock Partners and Pitango Venture Capital www.celeno.com.

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Contacts

Rainier Communications
Karen Quatromoni, 508-475-0025 x150

Contacts

Rainier Communications
Karen Quatromoni, 508-475-0025 x150