C-Cor launches 1-GHz 'segmentable node'

June 27, 2006 -- The company says its Opti Max3100 segmentable node lets cable operators increase bandwidth capacity on existing infrastructure to enable digital voice, video, and data services.

C-Cor Inc., a supplier of access equipment to the cable industry, recently introduced its Opti Max3100 1-GHz 2x2 segmentable node. As the latest addition to the company's 1GHz line of hybrid fiber coax (HFC) products and the next generation of the company's Opti Max3000 node platform, the company says the device allows cable operators to increase bandwidth capacity on existing infrastructure for enabling digital voice, video and data services, without having to install additional fiber.

According to the company, the new product extends bandwidth to 1 GHz and expands network capacity with "full 2x2 forward and return path segmentation capability across a single fiber."

The product's key features, according to the company, include: scalable capabilities for up to twice the capacity of initial deployment with 1x4 and 2x2 forward and return segmentation; fiber-preserving upstream capabilities using CWDM return transmitters; extended bandwidth from 870 MHz to 1 GHz to increase forward capacity for HDTV; status reporting and ingress management using standards-based and proprietary element management options; and optical path redundancy for telephony and data applications.

"Expanding capacity on the cable network doesn't have to mean big investment dollars and long deployment times associated with laying additional fiber," comments Bill Dawson, vice president of C-Cor's access strategy unit. "Along with our CWDM solutions and...access products, [this product] gives operators a cost-effective approach that protects their network investment and economically delivers today's services, while supporting future capacity requirements."

The product was introduced at this month's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, Colorado.

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