Broadband Briefs for 9/29/08

Mon, 09/29/2008 - 8:00am

Broadcom intros xDSL CPE SoC, VoIP DSP solutions 
By Traci Patterson

Broadcom Corp. has introduced new xDSL customer premises equipment (CPE) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions that support the VDSL2 protocol, with ADSL2+ fallback. The single-chip multimode residential gateway solution, called BCM6368, addresses all aspects of DSL-based services, including Wi-Fi, VoIP, Ethernet switching and IPTV, the company said.

The BCM6368 multimode residential gateway features multi-port Ethernet switching for video over DSL services, non-blocking 802.11n and multi-line VoIP capabilities. It combines a VDSL2/ADSL2+ transceiver and analog front end (AFE) with a multi-core MIPS32 CPU, ATM/PTM hardware SAR, hardware packet processing accelerator, Gigabit Ethernet switch core with four 10/100 Ethernet physical layer (PHY) devices, and dual GMII interfaces, as well as support for dual USB host/device connections. The VDSL2/ADSL2+ transceiver delivers bandwidth of 100 Mbps downstream and 100 Mbps upstream, enhanced quality of service (QoS) for IPTV video, dual latency framing, DSL channel bonding, and embedded operation channels for remote management of the CPE, the company said.

Additionally, Broadcom has also introduced its new VoIP digital signal processor (DSP), which targets next-generation OEM designs of multi-service access nodes (MSANs), IP DSL access multiplexers (IPDSLAMs) and deep fiber multi-dwelling units (MDUs). According to Broadcom, the new VoIP DSP simplifies equipment design and enables cost-effective IP service convergence, with integrated or unified network management.

AT&T extends U-verse in Michigan
By Brian Santo

Several communities in and around Flint and Saginaw, Mich., are the latest to get AT&T’s U-verse services.

AT&T said customers can order AT&T U-verse TV, Internet and Voice in parts of nearly 30 local communities, including Flint, Midland and Saginaw. As per custom, AT&T will roll out the service on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis.

The company is now boasting more than 45 high-definition (HD) channels, offered in both 720p and 1080i formats. HD service is $10 per month.

Verizon’s high-speed Internet service hits Ind. town
By Traci Patterson

Consumers and businesses in Mechanicsburg, Ind., now have access to Verizon’s high-speed Internet service.

Eligible residential customers can sign up online for a Verizon high-speed Internet annual service plan – with connection speeds of up to 768 Kbps – for $19.99 per month.

Customers can also choose an annual plan with speeds of up to 3 Mbps for $29.99 per month.

Qwest launches high-speed Internet service in Mont. town
By Traci Patterson

Qwest Communications’ high-speed Internet service is now available in Whitehall, Mont., and offers consumers a choice of connection speeds up to 7 Mbps.

Special features and options included at no additional charge are Windows Live Services by Qwest, Windows Live OneCare, options for wireless home networking, and free resources for families to learn about safer and smarter use of the Internet.

For a limited time, Qwest Connect Silver (with connection speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps) with Windows Live starts at $14.99 per month when bundled with a Qwest home phone package.

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