Intel Goes Inside The SCTE

Intel, a chipmaker with DOCSIS cable modem and set-top silicon on its menu, has joined the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Standards Program, where it will be “actively involved” in the development of new energy and operations standards and recommended practices for the cable industry.

SCTE said Intel will be working with MSO and vendor members of the SCTE Standards Program’s Sustainability Management Subcommittee (SMS), where the chipmaker will help to shape systems aimsed at reducing energy consumption and costs, while also boosting service availability and extending the service life of equipment.

Intel is also expected to throw its weight into other standards currently under development, including the Adaptive Power System Interface Specification (APSIS), which will spawn an end-to-end energy control system for network operators, as well as standards for benchmarking of energy and density in hardware and predictive alarming that can identify and prevent impending failure of hardware and associated systems.

“The same types of Moore’s Law and Koomey’s Law efficiencies that have increased performance and battery life in the mobile and computing industries are possible in cable,” said Marty Davidson, vice president, engineering and network operations for SCTE, and the head of the SCTE Standards Program, in a statement.  

“By working together directly with the industry, we can help shape a new generation of intelligent network equipment that can result in significant power efficiencies for operators and programmers,” added Ran Senderovitz, general manager for Intel’s Service Provider Division. 

“Working with our technology partners, we are capitalizing on technological advancements that will ensure reliable and available power for our networks as we deploy new services,” said John Schanz, Chief Network Officer and executive vice president for Comcast Cable.  “Members of the SCTE Standards Program play a pivotal role in researching, developing and productizing new technologies that can help the industry meet energy objectives.”

The SCTE Standards Program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).