Pace Micro Technology placed its all-digital stake in the ground with the introduction of the DC 501 "Chicago" set-top.
Pace's all-digital device, an answer to boxes such as Motorola's DCT700, will be offered with options for OCAP (OpenCable Application Platform) and the DOCSIS Set-top Gateway (DSG), a CableLabs signaling spec for interactive programming guide (IPG) information and other data delivered to the set-top box. Pace did not disclose pricing.
A standard-definition device, Chicago is designed to stand vertically or lay horizontally. Pace has licenses for both the Scientific-Atlanta PowerKEY and Motorola MediaCipher conditional access systems, but did not say which version would first apply to the all-digital box.
"The launch of our Chicago 500 Series with its common platform for both networks is significant because it will help cable operators move toward a digital simulcast or an all-digital network more quickly and cost-effectively," said Pace Americas President Michael Pulli, in a release.
The set-top maker said the DC 501 is the first in a series of all-digital boxes Pace will deploy this year.