LSI Logic is moving full-speed ahead in the cable modem marketplace with the shipment of its one-millionth L2161 universal cable transceiver.
The L2161 chip was designed for DOCSIS cable modems. LSI is the first company to produce DOCSIS 1.1 certified silicon that is not made by Texas Instruments or Broadcom. In the most recent CableLabs DOCSIS 1.1 certification wave, Correlant's EC270 modem was certified with an LSI chipset.
Although LSI is enjoying reaching this milestone, it's working to stay on pace with the demands of the cable modem market. The company has introduced the L2162, which integrates USB and 100BaseT Ethernet for home networking capabilities, which eliminates the need for external devices, according to LSI. The microprocessor has been sped up by 25 percent to enable manufacturers to implement advanced applications such as SOHO (small office/home office) and voice over IP modems. For VoIP applications, the L2162 integrates the glue logic for a seamless connection to the LSI Logic ZSP digital signal processor, and includes on-chip circuitry capable of driving up to four subscriber line interface circuits.
The company also is marketing the chip as a solution for various PacketCable applications.
In April, LSI struck a deal with iVAST to create silicon capable of encoding, publishing and decoding content based on low-bit-rate MPEG-4 technology. The companies are targeting its combined offering at video peripherals, set-top boxes, Internet-capable DVD players, digital televisions and digital video recorders.