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Entropic Communications' Multi-Mode Hybrid Silicon Tuner to be Deployed by ROBUST Electronics in European Market

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Sept. 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- -- (IBC2010 – Stand #3.B16) -- Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR), a leading provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment, today announced its EN4020 multi-mode hybrid radio frequency (RF) complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) silicon tuner has been selected by ROBUST Electronics, an Austrian-based electronics manufacturer, to bring best-in-class experience to end users and to address the need to provide cost effective solutions that addresses multiple analog and digital standards for the European terrestrial and cable markets.

ROBUST Electronics selected Entropic's EN4020 for a built-in silicon solution for the Company's MINERVA television product line. With its internal design, the EN4020 allows the complete lineup of MINERVA televisions to operate regardless of broadcast service – digital video broadcast terrestrial (DVB-T), digital video broadcast cable (DVB-C) or analog. A single chip solution, the EN4020 delivers high performance and enables significant cost reduction by simplifying design complexity and drastically lowering development costs.

"The market opportunity for silicon tuner deployments to replace their traditional CAN counterparts will continue to grow internationally," said Hiroko Ishii, Analyst at Techno Systems Research, Inc. "In fact, we estimated the demand for silicon tuners will grow 18.3 percent from 2007-2014, yielding a revenue base that would exceed $350 million USD and grow by 90 percent compared to 2009. We believe ROBUST's move to deploy Entropic's silicon tuner technology enables both companies to emerge as leaders in their competitive industries."

"European broadcast television is rapidly transitioning from analog to digital, yet multiple broadcast standards will continue to be in use for years to come," said Thomas Voegerle, ROBUST Electronics. "Entropic's EN4020 digital cable tuner delivers high-performance signal reception and provides ready-to-manufacture design, which shortens our time-to-market. With Entropic's silicon tuner designed into our family of television products, we now have the flexible solution needed to address the changing landscape of the European market, and can deliver the best quality of experience regardless of the available broadcast service."

The ability to deliver digital and analog video to service provider subscribers is key to the design of new digital televisions and set-top boxes. Entropic's high-performance hybrid silicon tuner  has proven performance advantages in the emerging digital networks where excessive interference from legacy analog signal and terrestrial signal leakage into the cable can cause performance limitations that can degrade picture quality. Entropic's technology allows key characteristics of the tuner to be programmed via software to optimize front-end performance for different environmental conditions, requiring no external SAW (surface acoustic wave) filters or amplifiers.

"The market for multi-mode and hybrid silicon tuners as a high-quality, economical option for television and set-top-box manufacturers continues to grow worldwide," said Vinay Gokhale, senior vice president marketing and business development at Entropic Communications. "The on-board design of Entropic's EN4020 hybrid silicon tuner gives ROBUST Electronics a dynamic solution for digital signal processing in a cost-effective chip, capable of terrestrial, cable or analog distribution. This partnership and technology deployment marks another strong milestone in Entropic's effort to deliver the most advanced home entertainment solutions to consumers worldwide."

Entropic will supply its EN4020 to ROBUST Electronics for its MINERVA television product line at ROBUST Electronics Hungary Kft facility in Gyoer, Hungary. MINERVA televisions powered by Entropic's EN4020 are scheduled to begin delivering in late 2010.

About ROBUST Electronics

ROBUST Electronics is a leading provider of partial or complete outsourcing solutions for various kinds of product and process development services, electronic goods, mechanical assemblies and PCBA manufacturing in CEE.  The scope of services covers the entire value chain: R&D, tool design and manufacture, injection moulding, assembly, testing, contract manufacturing and after-sales services. Over the past years, ROBUST Electronics has established itself as a provider of high-quality and innovative technology solutions – certified according to ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004 – to leading companies. For more information, visit ROBUST Electronics at and

About Entropic Communications

Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a leading fabless semiconductor company that is engineering the future of connected home networking and entertainment by providing next-generation silicon and software technologies to the world's leading cable, telco and satellite service providers, OEMs and consumer electronics manufacturers. As a co-founder of MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance), Entropic pioneered and continues to evolve the way high-definition television-quality video and other multimedia and digital content such as movies, music, games and photos are brought into and delivered throughout the home. For more information, visit Entropic at

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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 the advantages and deployment of Entropic's silicon tuner technology. 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, the effects of competition; Entropic's dependence on a limited number of customers and ultimately service providers; Entropic's ability to introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis; the risk that the market for high-definition television-quality video and multimedia content delivery solutions may not develop as anticipated; Entropic's dependence on its relationships with tuner and demodulator manufacturers for the success of its tuner products; the effect of intellectual property rights claims; risks related to Entropic's international operations; and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 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.

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