updated 1/7/2011 8:17:15 AM ET 2011-01-07T13:17:15

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (International CES; Booth #36212-South Hall) -- Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR), a leading provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment, and  Cavium Networks (Nasdaq:CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking and wireless applications, announced today an Ethernet to Coax Bridge (ECB) reference design that utilizes the latest MoCA® 2.0 solution from Entropic Communications, the EN2710, and the ECONA CNS3xxx energy efficient ARM® based network processor from Cavium Networks.

Partnership Demonstrates The Next Generation In Home Network Performance

Today, service providers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) face the challenge of how to expand upon their current MoCA 1.1 services and equipment. Utilizing Entropic's MoCA 2.0 solution and Cavium's high performance multi-service routing technology, OEMs can develop the most advanced multimedia networking platforms to address next generation service provider performance requirements.

Both leaders in their fields, Entropic and Cavium have deployed solutions that can "future-proof" the broadband home entertainment network of today and tomorrow. Working together over multiple generations to align product roadmaps, the partnership has yielded an efficient MoCA 2.0-enabled reference platform to address service provider demands for more bandwidth and processing power.

"The design with Entropic on the industry's first MoCA 2.0 solution demonstrates how two industry leaders can bring unparalleled performance and value to our OEM partners for next generation home entertainment networking applications," said Manoj Gujral, Executive VP and GM, Broadband Consumer Division at Cavium Networks. "Together, we are creating a vision of the future for what can be accomplished by expanding the capabilities of service provider MoCA networks."

The ECB reference design combines Entropic's industry first complete end-to-end MoCA 2.0 silicon and software with Cavium's highly integrated network SoC. Entropic's MoCA 2.0 solution consists of a 40nm baseband MAC/PHY SoC along with an RF transceiver plus analog front-end IC that provides 400 Mbps of aggregate net MAC throughput over 16 nodes and 500 Mbps of net MAC throughput for two node Turbo mode – with full backward interoperability to MoCA 1.1 devices. Cavium's ECONA CNS3xxx family of ARM-based, energy efficient processors offer multi-core processors, a rich set of integrated hardware accelerators and a range of I/Os for glueless voice, video and data connectivity. Sophisticated power management techniques enable super low-power operation, starting at less than 1 watt. The ECONA™ family of ARM processors delivers a wide variety of highly integrated embedded SoC options at industry leading cost and performance per watt. The ECB also use a low cost discrete component diplexer filter, includes four gigabit Ethernet ports and comes with configuration/diagnostic software.

"High performance network processing is key in demonstrating the performance and features of our MoCA 2.0 solution," said Vinay Gokhale, senior vice president, Marketing and Business Development, Entropic Communications. "By working with Cavium on our first MoCA 2.0 ECB we can be sure we put our best foot forward and demonstrate to operators and OEMs the full potential of a MoCA 2.0 network."

Live Demonstration at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show                                                                                   

Entropic Communications will be demonstrating, by appointment only, the Cavium Networks based MoCA 2.0 ECB at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, N.V. (January 6th – 9th), booth #36212. 

About Cavium Networks

Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications, storage, wireless and security applications. Cavium Networks offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to 20 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access & service provider equipment. Cavium Networks processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium Networks principal offices are in Mountain View, California with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit: http://www.caviumnetworks.com .

About Entropic Communications

Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a leading fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets systems solutions to enable connected home entertainment. The company's technologies significantly change the way high-definition television-quality video and other multimedia content such as movies, music, games and photos are brought into and delivered throughout the home. For more information, please visit www.entropic.com .

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Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements." Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Entropic's MoCA technology, it related prospects and its role in the future of home networking, Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic's actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, competition, risks associated with Entropic's dependence on a limited number of customers and suppliers, technology risks, the risk that the market for HD video and multimedia content delivery solutions may not develop as Entropic anticipates and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2010. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Entropic is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Investor Contact:
         Debra Hart
         Director, Investor Relations
         858.768.3852
         debra.hart@entropic.com
         
         Media Contact:
         Chris Fallon
         Ruder Finn for Entropic Communications
         212.715.1691
         fallonc@ruderfinn.com

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