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Intel signs up for SCTE Standards Program

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 1:29pm
Mike Robuck

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that Intel had joined the SCTE Standards Program.

Intel, which has delayed the launch of its own video service, will work with the Standards Program on the development of new energy and operations standards and recommended best practices for the cable operator industry.

“Through its standards program and its SCTE Energy Management Program, SCTE has taken a leading role in bringing the benefits of energy standards and best practices to cable,” said Ran Senderovitz, general manager for Intel’s service provider division.  “By working together directly with the industry, we can help shape a new generation of intelligent network equipment that can result in significant power efficiencies for operators and programmers.”

As an SCTE standards member, SCTE said Intel would provide support for the creation and implementation of specifications for increased energy efficiency within cable networks and operational facilities. Working with cable system operator and vendor members of the SCTE Standards Program’s Sustainability Management Subcommittee (SMS), Intel pitch in on solutions that will reduce energy consumption and costs, increase service availability, extend equipment service life and optimize the use of available power.

“The same types of Moore’s Law and Koomey’s Law* efficiencies that have increased performance and battery life in the mobile and computing industries are possible in cable,” said Marty Davidson, vice president, engineering and network operations for SCTE and head of the SCTE Standards Program.  “As operators increasingly deploy enterprise-class, off-the-shelf network appliances within their networks, the contributions of silicon vendors will be increasingly important.  We look forward to working with Intel on the creation of the standards that will ensure the universal, reliable and efficient delivery of cable services in the future.”

Intel is expected to be involved in work on a variety of standards currently under development, including an adaptive power system interface specification (APSIS) that will provide for an end-to-end energy control system for network operators, as well as standards for benchmarking of energy and density in hardware and predictive alarming that can identify and prevent impending failure of hardware and associated systems.

“Working with our technology partners, we are capitalizing on technological advancements that will ensure reliable and available power for our networks as we deploy new services,” said John Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president for Comcast Cable. “Members of the SCTE Standards Program play a pivotal role in researching, developing and productizing new technologies that can help the industry meet energy objectives.”

The SCTE Standards Program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Intel has been developing a device, which is called OnCue, that is designed compete with cable TV by providing a subscription TV service over the Internet. Intel planned on launching OnCue this fall, but will now reportedly wait until next year. 

* Koomey’s Law, named after Jonathan Koomey: “at a fixed computing load, the amount of battery you need will fall by a factor of two every year and a half.”

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