Cisco is making available its uBR-MC3GX60V (3G60) Broadband Processing Engine, a new high-density line card for Cisco’s flagship uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router and Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS). An important component of Cisco’s complete DOCSIS 3.0 solution, the highly scalable 3G60 line card is ideal for Internet Protocol video services as it accelerates the transition to an all-IP network that can simplify the delivery of content to televisions, personal computers and mobile devices.
Cisco is working with several major global service provider customers, including Comcast, Cox Communications and others, to test the new 3G60 line card. ?With this new technology, cable operators can deliver 10 times the performance, at one-tenth the cost that current DOCSIS 2.0 solutions can.
Designed as a modular CMTS solution, the 3G60 will help cable operators use universal-edge QAM products with more channels per port, lowering the cost and environmental overhead for all services.?
- The new Broadband Processing Engine provides 72 downstream and 60 upstream channels with full DOCSIS 3.0 capabilities per module to boost overall bandwidth capacity and alleviate high-traffic network pressures.
- The upstream and downstream channels on the 3G60 can be provisioned via software licensing, and customers can install the card and pay only for the channels they use.
- ?Compared with the Cisco DOCSIS 2.0 solution with the uBR-MC5X20H line card, the downstream channel capacity has increased 10-fold, and the upstream channel capacity has increased threefold, per line card.
- ?Using the 3G60, a single uBR10012 can support up to 576 downstream and 480 upstream channels per chassis.
- The 3G60 supports DOCSIS 3.0 downstream channel bonding of up to 24 channels, allowing downstream speeds approaching 1.0 gigabit per second.?
- The uBR10012 together with the 3G60 line card supports the full set of DOCSIS 3.0 features at scale, including IPv6, and supports advanced features such as dynamic bandwidth sharing.
“The Cisco 3G60 line card is a strong solution for scaling our installed base of Cisco CMTS equipment, enabling us to deliver new services with faster speeds to keep pace with the demands of our customers," said John Schanz, executive vice president, National Engineering & Technology Operations, Comcast Cable, in a statement. "When used together with high-density universal edge QAMs, Cisco technology is expected to help us meet the key objectives of our Converged Multi-Service Application Platform (CMAP) initiative.”?