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CES: Arris debuts Comcast RDK-based gateway

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 3:53pm
Brian Santo

Arris' MG2402Arris today introduced a new whole home network and entertainment gateway designed specifically for triple-play and quad-play customers.

The company demonstrated its hybrid MG2402 gateway, based on the reference design kit (RDK) from Comcast, in the Intel booth at CES – Intel provides some of the key processors for the device.

The gateway supports features and services such as streaming of live linear television to IP connected devices, whole-home DVR, and a remote user interface on an RDK-compliant platform.

Arris SVP of marketing and business development Stan Brovont said the company anticipates having the gateway in field trials with a leading MSO later this quarter, eventually followed by a production ramp in the latter half of the year.

The CES demonstration showed the unit – based on the Comcast RDK – working with various services and products from Comcast. Arris would not identify its MSO trial partner, however.

The Media Gateway 2402, based on Intel Puma-6 MG technology, features a hybrid video architecture supporting QAM and IP delivered video.

Eight QAM channels are dedicated to support traditional MPEG/DVB video. The number of bonded channels is programmable, enabling service providers who deploy it to combine up to 24 DOCSIS downstream channels.

The unit delivers nearly 1 Gbps broadband service from the network, Arris said. It can transcode up to four simultaneous channels, including the ability to take in MPEG-4 and downconvert it to MPEG-2, or transcode into most major mobile device formats, including iOS and Android, Brovont said.

The system also supports dual band concurrent Wi-Fi, and has onboard MoCA 2.0 support. The demonstration model includes ZigBee to link in home automation and security devices. Whether or not to include ZigBee is one of the available options.

The gateway also incorporates HD Voice with an integrated DECT base station.

“We congratulate Arris on the introduction of their new media gateway,” said Steve Reynolds, senior vice president, premises technology for Comcast. “This device will work with the millions of IP-enabled consumer devices capable of displaying video and will help operators, consumer electronics companies and developers innovate at an even faster pace in today’s rapidly-changing multi-screen TV environment.”

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