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Going 1.1 with high-speed data silicon rivals

Fri, 11/30/2001 - 7:00pm
Mike Lafferty

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Texas Instruments Inc. is on a DOCSIS 1.1 high, and rightly so.

The company had the only two cable modems certified by CableLabs in the first DOCSIS (data over cable service interface specification) 1.1 wave at the end of September. The newly certified modems are compatible with existing DOCSIS 1.0 equipment and will be compatible with modems that will be certified under future versions of DOCSIS, such as the recently announced DOCSIS 2.0.

One of the most important implications of DOCSIS 1.1 equipment is that it will serve as the foundation for an expanding list of value-added services that broadband operators will be able to offer their high-speed access subscribers. This will include home networking services through CableLabs' CableHome project, and packet telephony and multimedia services through the PacketCable project.

Bottom line, DOCSIS 1.1 certified modems and CMTSs (cable modem termination systems) will enable operators to deliver twice the functionality, while reducing operating costs by half.

TI's DOCSIS 1.1 certified reference design solution is a complete system with highly optimized silicon hardware and software. The open software architecture gives customers the ability to customize and personalize their own value-added services, such as quality of service and voice applications.

"DOCSIS 1.1 is the fundamental building block for all advanced IP services cable operators expect to deliver over their broadband network," said Michael Harris, president of Kenetic Strategies Inc., an industry research firm.

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