Harmonic is introducing a new distributed Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) that will shift the RF delivery functions from the headend down to the access network. The new product, NSG Exo, is expected to debut next week in Cologne, Germany, during the ANGA COM tradeshow.
It is Harmonic's first cable modem termination system device and is the company's first CCAP product that is capable of delivering both DOCSIS broadband signals and digital video signals to customers via a single, integrated device.
Harmonic currently offers a centralized, headend-based CCAP product, the NSG Pro; however, it is still essentially a dense edgeQAM device that has not yet been updated with all the CMTS functions demanded by the CCAP standard, according to Light Reading. The NSG Exo, which is expected to roll out during the third quarter, is Harmonic's attempt to participate in cable industry's market for Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) systems.
"NSG Exo is Harmonic's first commercially available CMTS and our first entry into the DAA market," said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager of the Cable Edge business unit at Harmonic, in a prepared statement. "NSG Exo complements our NSG Pro CCAP system by providing a superior level of flexibility, RF performance, and bandwidth savings for deep fiber deployments."
"We're removing anything that's DOCSIS from the headend," Asaf Matatyaou, director of cable edge and access solutions for Harmonic, told Light Reading. "What we're saying is: Don't split up DOCSIS."
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