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Chipmakers giving home networks a gigabit boost

Mikael Ricknäs | June 4, 2015
Chipsets that power equipment capable of smoothly moving 4K video streams inside homes over wireless and wired networks were on display at the Computex trade show.

Marvell also want a piece of the switch market. It showed multiple chipsets, including the Link Street SOHO 88E6390X, a single chip product with 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. That's a little extreme for home networks, but the capacity may be necessary for people who want to stream content over the Internet and from their own servers.

Some of these speeds and features may seem like overkill today, but home networks aren't typically upgraded annually, so people need to have a multi-year outlook when buying new equipment.

 

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