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Com21 Inc.'s recently landed grant from the European Union panned out into the company's new flagship modem, slated for an Oct. 16 debut at the BCE 2001 show.

The ComPORT 1080 is part of the company's ComUNITY line, and features USB connectivity and 10-Base-T support. It also expands the upstream frequency range of the line to 5 MHz to 65 MHz, or a 75 percent increase, Com21 says.

The modem is based on single-chip cable modem ICs from Conexant Systems Inc., which Com21 says allows QoS and VLAN functionality in the ATM-based system.

In late September, the company landed a grant for an undisclosed amount. Funded by the European Union and administered by IDA Ireland, the grant was to support work on the modem at Com21's European Development Centre in Cork, Ireland, Com21 VP of Engineering Charles Cheevers said at the time.

Com21 has seen success with its ComUnity — an ATM broadband access product line — since 1996, he said then, with "more than a million modems with that protocol and numerous headends, too." This year, the company moved from a platform it's used for years to new technology that uses Conexant's chip. The chip is DOCSIS and Euro-DOCSIS-compliant, he said, and can do Com21's "particular protocol with some extra help from us and Conexant."

Networks, including those in the United States, generally use a return path in the 5 MHz to 40 MHz spectrum. The company's goal with the modem is to open the 5 MHz to 65 MHz range.

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