S-A, Luminous Reach RPR Pact

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Scientific-Atlanta Inc. and Luminous Networks Inc. are combining technology
to create a packet-based metro-area network based on resilient-packet-ring
technology.

S-A is taking its new asynchronous-series interface and
intermediate-frequency video cards and plugging them into a 'Prisma'
Internet-protocol metro optical-access platform the company co-developed with
Luminous.

S-A said the combination would allow MSOs to lower hub-site costs by
centralizing MPEG (Moving Picture Expert Group) management, modulation and
encryption functions for headend broadcast-video functions.

Operators can combine Ethernet, TDM (time-division multiplexing), video and
dense-wave-division multiplexing on the same platform, S-A
said.

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