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Averna hooks up with Pace on DOCSIS certification

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 10:49am
Mike Robuck

Montreal-based Averna has forged a design-validation partnership with Pace that it said would accelerate customer premise equipment certification (CPE) for cable operators.

Using Averna’s DOCSIS Channel Emulator (DCE), the two companies will help service providers gain SCTE-40 certification on various CPE equipment for the cable and broadband industry.

The DCE allows Pace to test 8-bonded downstream channels simultaneously, with all necessary impairments to complete performance and resilience tests required by multi-system operators (MSOs).

The DCE is a small-footprint channel-emulation platform that helps device makers ensure that their DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS products deliver optimum performance in the field. The DCE simulates a real-time cable network between the cable-modem termination system (CMTS) and the CPE. The DCE's  FPGA-based design is powered by National Instruments' vector signal transceiver, which expands test coverage, lowers latency, extends bandwidth and frequency range, and minimizes the DCE hardware footprint.

"The ability to test 8-bonded downstream channels simultaneously with a single, small-footprint platform greatly reduces our validation time and costs while speeding up industry certification for our CPE," said Paul Ferrara, hardware director at Pace. "Averna and its DOCSIS Channel Emulator will help us continue to deliver the highest-quality products while reaching our markets faster than ever."

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