Casa Systems has unveiled a high-density edge platform designed to pipe video over both MPEG and DOCSIS, marking the latest vendor to stake its claim on cable's eventual all-digital migration.
The company's CS2000-series Digital Cable Termination System (DCTS) can fit into legacy MPEG or DVB-C digital video architectures and provide a migration path for operators that plan to deliver video services over their standard DOCSIS networks without requiring a forklift upgrade.
Tewksbury, Mass.-based Casa presently offers two versions of the C2000: the C2100 Downstream DCTS and the C2200 Upstream DCTS, though both come in 1-RU form factors. The C2100, which can handle up to 64 channels of QAM, delivers downstream traffic either in native MPEG format or in DOCSIS frames and is designed to channel unicast video applications such as video-on-demand. Casa said the system also provides QoS support to handle overall performance and reign in jitter. The C2200, meanwhile, provides a DOCSIS return path termination for set-top box controls, and is optimized to mange more than 100,000 set-tops, the company said.
"At a price per IP video stream an order of magnitude lower than a CMTS, the C2000 DCTS is the first product that enables MSOs to deploy video-over-IP economically and competitively relative to video-over-MPEG," said Casa President and CEO Jerry Guo, in a release.