Texas Instruments Unveils Puma 5 DOCSIS 3.0 Hardware Development Kit

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced availability of a new Puma 5 DOCSIS(R) 3.0 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) HDK (hardware development kit) targeted at applications that require scalable and highly flexible RF front-end solutions such as video gateways. The TNETC958 is a cost-effective, low-power HDK that includes TI’s Puma 5 DOCSIS3.0 SoC and MPEG tuners provided by MaxLinear allowing end-equipment to fully leverage frequency agility to select content from anywhere in the cable RF spectrum. End products leveraging TI’s Puma 5 HDK will allow operators to offer innovative high speed data, voice, digital TV and IPTV services without making changes to their current RF plants.

The Puma 5 HDK incorporates four MxL241SF MPEG tuners, which helps reduce power consumption and increases cost-efficiency. The MPEG tuner is a complete integrated RF+QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) demodulator channel, utilizing MaxLinear’s advanced CMOS (Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) tuner functionality with TI’s industry proven QAM demodulator, allowing manufacturers to develop a broad range of products such as cable set-top boxes, modems and video gateways.

Key features and benefits of the TNETC958 Puma 5 DOCSIS 3.0 HDK:

  • The Puma 5 HDK modular and frequency agile low-power RF front end supports:
    • DOCSIS3.0 modular downstream channel selection providing manufacturers with the ability to scale their downstream channel BOM (Bill of materials) investment based on the application’s requirements.
    • Single MT2170 wideband tuner enabling a 96MHz capture bandwidth for the four bonded downstream channels, as well as a MT1570 DOCSIS(R) 3.0 PGA (programmable gain amplifier) provided by Microtune(R), Inc.
    • Up to four additional downstream channels via MPEG tuners that feature a 1GHz tuning range and that are software configurable for 6/8MHz channel bandwidth. This feature enables the acquisition of any video or DOCSIS channel anywhere in the spectrum without the need for re-planning the RF channel lineup.
  • Multiple DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding configuration options from four downstream and four upstream (4×4) and up to 16 downstream and four (16×4) upstream supports various tiered DOCSIS applications such as low-cost wideband data, voice services and high-end gateway products.
  • Supports triple-play voice, video and data products:
    • Two-line voice enabled cable modem
    • Up to two battery packs for lifeline voice support
    • Modular attach support for video processing platforms
  • Includes home networking capabilities with modular attach support for 802.11n and MoCA1.1/2.0
  • Extended memory: 1GBit DDR, 2x16MB SFLASH
  • Supported by TI’s field-proven DOCSIS and voice software development kits (SDK)

Availability
The TNETC958 HDK is sampling now and will be available in 4Q2009.

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