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RGB Networks gears up for CMAP

Wed, 10/20/2010 - 8:10am
Mike Robuck

RGB Networks is gearing up for the cable industry's converged multiservice access platform (CMAP) by increasing the density of its carrier-class chassis.

The CMAP project, which has been spearheaded by Comcast, industry groups and vendors, takes aim at collapsing the cable modem termination system with edge QAMs. The end result will be a much denser chassis with less powering costs and less space than the current technologies.

"Our full-spectrum QAM technology builds on the unprecedented processing density that has always been the hallmark of RGB products, enabling it to meet the CMAP QAM port density requirements," says Paul Braun, director of strategic solutions at RGB. "As an active participant in the development of critical specifications and an advocate for CMAP, RGB is an enthusiastic supporter of this platform as a key tool for operators to migrate their network to support next-generation services such as video over IP."

RGB's advanced QAM technology leverages the hardware used in the company's Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG), a chassis-based video processing platform that features extensive redundancy.

With its hardware, RGB can provide operators with a carrier-class CMAP offering that exceeds the reliability of current-generation edge QAMs. Additionally, the increased QAM density drives down operational costs and enables operators to easily support a growing number of narrowcast channels.

With its combination of capabilities, performance and reliability, the VMG enables operators to eliminate many pieces of equipment, which reduces power consumption and cooling requirements, says RGB.

The specifications for CMAP are slated to be finalized sometime this month, although vendors such as RGB Networks and Arris have been working on their CMAP implementations for some time.

Jorge Salinger, Comcast's vice president of access architecture, has previously said that CMAP deployments could start in early 2013.

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