Day 3: A wave of companies will be showcasing their products and technologies this week at SCTE’s Cable-Tec Expo 2002 in San Antonio. The CED Magazine staff will bring you the latest news and product information each day live from the show. Below is a glimpse of what’s happening at the show, but for complete show coverage visit www.cedmagazine.com/scte2002/index.htm
Wave7 Optics unveils two new gateways
Wave7 Optics Inc. has announced the release of two new gateways-the Last Mile Gateway-Residential (LMG-R), and the Last Mile Gateway-Multi-Quad (LMG-MQ). The two customer premise devices, which are targeted to serve single-family dwellings and multi-dwelling units, respectively, have been designed to provide subscriber interfaces for the company’s Last Mile Link (LML) optical access system.
The LML access system provides video (cable TV and digital, including IP streaming), high-speed data and telephony services (IP-based or circuit switched) with dedicated and on-demand symmetrical data rates of up to 500 Mbps on a single fiber.
S-A launches digital processing line
Scientific-Atlanta has unveiled its new Continuum DVP line of products designed to facilitate the launching of digital and on-demand services. The new product family will initially include a scalable Continuum DVP Dense QAM Array and the Continuum DVP encoder.
The QAM Array, which has been specifically designed for use in non-S-A digital systems, combines several features, including transport stream processing, QAM modulation and upconversion. It also requires only 3 RU of rack space and can provide up to 16 QAM channels, with a maximum data output of 620 Mbps. In addition, the input interface is card-based and will be available in several versions, such as multiple ASI and Gigabit Ethernet inputs.
The DVP encoder, which allows users to convert analog programs to digital, employs MPEG-2 compression to increase bandwidth efficiency which, in turn, allows operators to recover bandwidth for such services as HDTV and VOD/SVOD. The encoder also allows users to transmit multiple programs per OC-3 link in digital transport applications, and encode analog programs, including locally inserted advertising for use on the digital tier.
While the QAM Array is currently available for shipment, the DVP encoder is expected to be available for shipment in the fourth quarter of 2002.
Channell offers enclosures
Channell has announced its new Budget Pedestal Housing (BPH) series of enclosures, designed for customers who require lower-cost, quality broadband pedestals. Similar in design to Channell’s Signature Pedestal Housing Series, the BPH series enclosures have been “stripped down” to reduce costs. The precision-molded thermoplastic enclosures are intended for use in virtually any outside plant network. They also feature a highly engineered self-latching cover and an extended warranty on materials and parts. BPH Series enclosures will be available in three passive equipment configurations: the BPH710, BPH920 and the BPH1022. They feature 360-degree access working area, multiple bracket options, stakes and brackets that are protected with an environmental protective powder coating and a padlock hasp.
Two active equipment configurations of the BPH series are available: the BPH1230 and the BPH1730. The BPH1230 is designed to house line extender and tap/splitter combinations, and the BPH1730 is designed for housing active trunk amplifiers and tap/splitter combos.
General Bandwidth, Texas Instruments team on VoIP
Next-generation VoIP is taking shape, and new advanced architecture products to do voice services over packet networks are in their formative stages.
Telecommunications equipment provider General Bandwidth announced plans for future additions to its flagship G6 Packet Telephony Migration Platform, and one specific bit of news announced was that it will incorporate the latest Voice-over-IP solution from Texas Instruments.
Under the current agreement, a next generation General Bandwidth product will be based on the TNETV3010 solution, comprised of TI’s TMS320C55x digital signal processor (DSP) cores and Telogy Software products. The TNETV3010 features an optimized design that addresses channel density, power per channel, solution architecture and toll quality features to deliver a complete solution at an optimized density for specific applications.
For General Bandwidth, the TI solution offered the lowest power and smallest area available, while maintaining the advanced voice quality and features required to do voice services in a packet environment, according to company sources. Ti’s TNETV3010 solution suite combines hardware and software-based functionality, with the appropriate combinations of programmable, low-power TMS320C54x and TMS320C55x DSP engines, RISC processors, internal memory, hardware accelerated features, and system interfaces.
General Bandwidth and Texas Instruments have been collaborating on technology in a variety of areas over the past two years. Texas Instruments is also a strategic investor in General Bandwidth as well.