Qorvo has expanded its CATV portfolio to include two new control products designed for DOCSIS 3.1 cable networking.

Qorvo said the QPC3624 is a 6-bit digital step attenuator (DSA) with high linearity and low insertion loss that also allows glitch-free attenuation and faster switching speed. The second addition, the QPC3024 RF absorptive switch, operates from 5MHz to 3GHz and allows fast switching speed of 250ns typical performance. Both the QPC3624 and QPC3024 are DOCSIS 3.1-ready, Qorvo said.

Samples and evaluation boards for both the QPC3624 and QPC3024 are available now, with limited production release in October and November, 2016 respectively, Qorvo said.

Cable and fiber optics components company Antronix on Monday announced the launch of a new optical Ethernet hybrid fiber coaxial (eHFC) network platform.

Dubbed Intercept eHFC, Antronix said the new platform will increase data throughput in Node + 0 architectures without requiring additional QAMs or OFDM channels. Additionally, Antronix said Intercept eHFC will also provide end-to-end network solutions to help preserve legacy spectrum for native video and enhanced content while complementing DOCSIS with symmetrical xPON capacity and data redundancy.

Antronix said the platform’s chipset converts Ethernet to Ultra Wide Band RF at the fiber node and utilizes high frequency RF spectrum above 3 GHz for final leg data communications. The company said customers will be able to use high capacity optical Ethernet or xPON links to provide multi-Gigabit symmetrical data services to their subscribers. The data services will be fully programmable in the upstream and downstream, Antronix said.

Intercept merges eHFC data and DOCSIS data into a single home interface for significantly enhanced symmetrical throughput and data redundancy, Antronix said.

The Intercept line of products is scheduled to become commercially available in 2017.

NCTI this week enhanced its digital learning platform for frontline teams with the addition of eBooks and a new course on DOCSIS 3.1.

Offered alongside NCTI’s course curriculum, NCTI said its new eBooks will offer MSOs and their frontline learners greater flexibility via access to their materials anytime, anywhere and on any device.

NCTI said it also added a new advanced DOCSIS 3.1 course to its collection. Dubbed Advanced DOCSIS 3.1 Operations, the new course is aimed at engineers and headend technicians responsible for configuring and maintaining DOCSIS systems.

Casa Systems unveiled a new multi-service virtualized core for next generation services that will enable CCAP, 4G and 5G cellular, Wi-Fi and fixed telecommunications network functions. The Virtual CCAP (vCCAP) solution will include virtual MAC layer data processing, control and management functions, Casa Systems said.

According to Casa Systems, the new vCCAP will leverage the company’s Axyom software architecture, which provides a common security framework that allows independent scaling of control and data plane functions. 

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