TWI Invests in Chip Developer


Time Warner Investments and Rho Ventures have teamed to lead a $20 million financing round for BroadLogic Network Technologies, maker of semiconductor chipsets.

Separately, Time Warner Cable senior vice president of advanced engineering and subscriber technologies Mike Hayashi has joined BroadLogic’s board of directors.

“BroadLogic’s innovative WideBand solutions offer an immediate capability to meet the ever-increasing demand for more high-speed bandwidth as well as a more seamless, less disruptive method for transitioning to an all-digital video delivery cable system,” Hayashi said in a statement.

Formed in 2001 to build wideband chipsets for the broadband industry, BroadLogic has developed technology for set-top boxes and cable modems that can process more content and double the capabilities of today’s digital video recorders, according to company president and CEO Tony Francesca.

“We’re developing WideBand technology for the next generation of video, voice and data services,” he said, noting that cable operators will be able to use the technology to stay competitive with satellite companies and telcos.

Cable is running out of bandwidth, Francesca said, and “we have the wideband technology that overcomes these technical barriers.” He added, “This is fully compatible with cable plant. The technology acts as a broadband engine that power modems, set-tops and DVRs.”

“We can recover 400 Megahertz of plant without a rebuild,” he said, with chipsets that can allow cable modems to run at Gigabit Ethernet speeds: “The single chip implementation covers simultaneous tuning, encoding and decoding. We can access many simultaneous [quadrature amplitude modulations] for streams at a cost effective consumer price point and still be compatible with [data over cable service interface specification] modems today.”