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New Products - October 2012

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 3:36pm
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Harmonic debuts integrated media server

Harmonic's Spectrum MediaDeck 7000 SSDHarmonic has released the Spectrum MediaDeck 7000 SSD integrated media server.

The four-channel media server system offers reliability, low power requirements and lower weight of solid-state disk (SSD) storage.

"The MediaDeck 7000 SSD provides the same robust performance as the MediaDeck 7000, with solid-state technology ideal for real-time production environments in which vibration, power costs and weight limitations are significant concerns, such as in mobile and unattended remote operations or for sites prone to earthquakes and other mechanical disturbances,” said Mark Cousins, senior product line manager for media servers at Harmonic.

Equipped with four 480 GB SSD drives, the MediaDeck 7000 SSD provides 57 hours of 50 Mbps storage capacity. The integrated system packs up to four SD or HD video channels and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity into its 1RU chassis. The server system also features multiple-codec playback, up/down/cross-conversion and HD/SD simulcast capabilities.

Leveraging the Spectrum architecture, the MediaDeck 7000 SSD is immediately deployable with more than 100 third-party automation, MAM, production and archiving applications. The new media server system can operate independently or within a larger network of Spectrum servers and Omneon MediaGrid shared storage systems managed by the Harmonic Media Application Server.



Incognito ups service activation


Incognito Software announced the latest version of its Service Activation Center. This updated service activation and management solution now offers service providers the ability to accelerate their deployment of high-speed data, telephony, IPTV and video services across a host of broadband platforms, networks and devices using a single, intuitive interface.

The latest version of Service Activation Center builds on the company’s existing support for DTV and IPTV to also support the end-to-end service activation and fulfillment of VOD services.

Service Activation Center also allows providers to collect critical subscriber data using both Internet Protocol Detail Record (IPDR) and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). It then correlates this information with other service activation data, including subscriber, device and geographic location, to create a subscriber-aware view of the network.

The center integrates and interacts with all necessary systems for one-touch service activation.



Broadcom offering D3 chip with 5G Wi-Fi


Broadcom has introduced a chip for DOCSIS 3.0 gateways that offer 1 Gbps Wi-Fi.

The company has integrated a DOCSIS 3.0 modem with a new version of Wi-Fi that is expected to be ratified by the end of this year or early next year.

The introduction is interesting in that it supports two related goals of the cable industry: It will help expand the capabilities of in-home networks, and it will help with the industry’s strategy to provide public wireless coverage using Wi-Fi.

5G Wi-FiIEEE 802.11ac operates in the 5 GHz band and is designed to be capable of throughputs up to 1 Gbps. Broadcom and others are referring to the technology as 5G (or fifth-generation) wireless.

The BCM3383 DOCSIS 3.0 cable gateway platform coupled with the company’s BCM4360 5G Wi-Fi delivers DOCSIS 3.0-based 16 x 4 speeds over wireless throughout the entire home.

This version also relies on beamforming to improve wireless coverage, ideally eliminating dead spots in subscribers’ homes.

Although the 802.11ac standard operates in the 5 GHz band, the chip supports simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5G Wi-Fi WLAN support for backwards compatibility.

The Broadcom chip also features full-band capture digital tuning; it samples and digitizes the entire 1 GHz downstream spectrum of a cable plant, providing access to any channel anywhere.

Broadcom has reference platforms for gateways, and a suite of 5G Wi-Fi client reference platforms are available today.

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