IBC: Arris Picks MaxLinear Tuners For 1-Gig DOCSIS 3.0 Line


Arris Group has picked MaxLinear's full-spectrum capture tuners for a new family of DOCSIS 3.0 consumer-premises equipment that would let cable operators deliver nearly 1 Gigabit per second downstream bandwidth.

At the IBC2012 show in Amsterdam this week, Arris is demonstrating its next-generation DOCSIS 3.0 products using the MaxLinear MxL265 and MxL267 receivers. The demo will feature Arris 16- and 24-channel-bonded devices delivering speeds up to 840 Mbps.

Arris is targeting delivery of a 1-Gbps DOCSIS gateway device, which would theoretically be capable of delivering a maximum of 960 Mbps downstream using 6-MHz channels, in 2013. Arris is basing the gateway on the Intel Puma 6 Media Gateway chip.

"Our upcoming series of 16- and 24-channel DOCSIS CPE offers the high levels of quality and performance that our customers always expect from us," said Derek Elder, senior vice president and general manager of Arris's CPE business unit. "The MxL265 and MxL267 help to meet those high standards, and the level of integration achieved in the chips plays a big part in making our next-generation products competitive in the market."

In a field test earlier this year, German MSO Kabel Deutschland used DOCSIS 3.0 equipment from Arris to deliver an aggregate of 4.7 Gbps of downstream bandwidth, using a EuroDOCSIS 3.0-based Arris C4 cable modem termination system and 12 of the vendor's Touchstone CM820S cable modems.

Announced in March, MaxLinear's MxL265 and MxL267 devices are capable of simultaneously receiving any combination of 16 or 24 DOCSIS channels, respectively, located anywhere in the spectrum.

Also at IBC, MaxLinear announced that it has teamed up with Zenverge to create an integrated four-channel cable-to-IP-video gateway solution capable of streaming high-quality video content to tablet and smartphone devices. The solution combines Zenverge's ZN200 quad-stream content networking integrated circuit -- which TiVo is using in its TiVo Stream device -- with MaxLinear's MxL254 front-end cable receiver.