World’s First CableLabs-Certified Intel PUMA7-Based DOCSIS 3.1 Modem
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Hitron Technologies has become the first cable modem supplier to notch DOCSIS 3.1 certification for a product that is powered by Intel Corp.’s Puma 7 chipset.
Hitron’s CODA-45 modem model, which also features a cable receiver and amplifier chipset from MaxLinear tailored for D3.1, achieved that status in certification wave 118, according to CableLabs’s most updated list of certified products.
Hitron joins a growing list of vendors that have achieved CableLabs certification, an interoperability achievement required for retail distribution and typically one that most MSOs require from their cable modem vendors.
Hitron showed off its first D3.1 product at the SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in September.
Hitron said the CODA-45 is the first certified device for its multi-gigabit family of consumer premises equipment, adding that the model has already been sampled and evaluated by “most of North Americas’ major operators.”
The vendor’s first D3.1 model supports up to 5 Gbps downstream and up to 1 Gbps upstream when fully-loaded. The initial batch of D3.1 modems are hybrids in that they can support both DOCSIS 3.1- and DOCSIS 3.1-based signals.
The D3.1 spec was initially designed to support up to 10 Gbps down and at least 1 Gbps upstream, though a new “Full Duplex” enhancement aims to deliver symmetrical 10-Gig capacities.
Hitron’s certification comes as several cable operators, including Comcast, Videotron, RCN, and WideOpenWest, among others, move ahead with DOCSIS 3.1 trials and deployments.
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