Harmonic has introduced the NSG HectoQAM (NSG 9000-40G) universal edgeQAM solution to deliver up to 648 QAMs per two-rack unit chassis. In addition to its pace-setting density, the NSG 9000-40G incorporates new technologies that improve efficiency, including Harmonic’s new EQAM Virtualization software technology and frequency agility for flexible placement of QAMs across the spectrum.

The NSG 9000-40G supports video-on-demand (VOD), broadcast, switched digital video (SDV), modular cable modem termination system (M-CMTS), DOCSIS 3.0 and cable IPTV services. Customer shipments for the NSG 9000-40G are scheduled to begin in September 2010.

The system supports up to 36 QAMs per port. This feature, along with the new frequency agility capability, is critical to support more VOD traffic, SDV and M-CMTS services and lowers requirements for power, cabling, rack space and cooling.

Harmonic’s new EQAM Virtualization software technology allows a single device to be operated as a number of virtual systems, simplifying management and integration with the cable operator’s existing back-office solution. The NSG 9000-40G’s 10-Gbps interfaces serve up to 40 Gbps input total, and can also function as 1-Gbps links.

The new NSG 9000-40G mainboard and blades are used with the existing NSG 9000 chassis. NSG 9000-40G blades are hot-swappable, allowing for flexible enhancement of the system without service down-time.

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