Broadcom announced yesterday that cable modems using its silicon recently received EuroDOCSIS 3.0 certification in EuroCertWave 34 and DOCSIS 3.0 certification in CertWave 65 with customer-submitted data and voice modems.
With the Euro certification, Broadcom said it became the first and only silicon provider to have its silicon used in modems that have been certified for both EuroDOCSIS and DOCSIS 3.0.
In addition, Broadcom said the BCM3380 silicon family becomes the first and only certified product that supports eight downstream channels, with download speeds of more than 300 Mbps, doubling the download speeds of all previously certified DOCSIS 3.0 devices.
The product family also received PacketCable 1.5 and EuroPacketCable 1.5 certification, which is applicable to DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 3.0 embedded multimedia terminal adapter (E-MTA) and voice gateway solutions.
"Broadcom's eight channel downstream DOCSIS products represent a huge step forward for the cable industry," said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst of Infonetics Research. "With Broadcom's latest technology, cable operators can raise the bar to 300 Mbps and beyond as the competition between service providers and the increasing consumer appetite for online video continues to accelerate demand for increased download speed."
Broadcom rival Texas Instruments is also working on a silicon chipset that can bond eight downstream channels.