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Cable-Tec Expo: Hitron Bows D3.1 Modem

Hitron Technologies Americas will use this week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans to trot out the CODA, a DOCSIS 3.1-based cable modem that’s powered by Intel’s Puma 7 chipset.

Hitron (booth 1235) said the CODA, fully-loaded, will support up to 5 Gbps downstream and up to 1 Gbps in the upstream. Like all modems in the initial DOCSIS 3.1 wave, Hitron’s will be a hybrid that supports both DOCSIS 3.0- and DOCSIS 3.1-based transport signals.

The Puma 7 is a dual-core Intel Atom processor that supports third-party 4x4 MIMO WiFi and voice recognition modules, noted Hitron, which delivers more than 1 million DOCSIS products annually to MSOs worldwide. Hitron’s announced DOCSIS modem customers include Videotron, GCI, Mediacom Communications, Suddenlink Communications and Cable One, among others.

“The Intel Puma 7 will enable innovators like Hitron to design true multi-gigabit broadband modems and home gateways with the latest DOCSIS 3.1 technology,” said Keith Wehmeyer, general manager for the cable segment at Intel’s Connected Home Division.

Update: MaxLinear also announced today that  Hitron has selected its MxL278 Full-Spectrum Capture (FSC) digital cable front-end receiver and MxL236 upstream programmable gain amplifier for its new family of DOCSIS 3.1-based consumer premises equipment. 

DOCSIS 3.1 product activity has been heating up ahead of Cable-Tec Expo. On Monday, Arris introduced two D3.1-based models – one for direct sale to MSOs, and another tagged for retail distribution.