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Pace Fires Up DOCSIS 3.0-Powered Gateways

Pace is using this week’s Cable-Tec Expo in Denver to springboard a range of new DOCSIS 3.0-powered gateways, including a high-end “Ultra” model that can bond up to 24 downstream channels – enough to support bursts of 960 Mbps on cable systems that use 6 MHz-wide channels.

The new line of products, which are based on Broadcom silicon, also bake in dual-band 802.11n (2.4 GHz) and 802.11ac (5 GHz) functionality.

Here’s a snapshot of the models that Pace is debuting this week:

-D5001 Ultra Gateway D3 gateway (24x8 channel configuration), with MoCA 2.0, and dual band 802.11 n/ac.     

-D3001 Max Gateway – D3 gateway (16x4), with MoCA 2.0, and dual band 802.11 n/ac.     

-D3003 Advanced Gateway D3 gateway (16x4) with dual band 802.11 n/ac.  

Pace, which will compete in the gateway market against vendors such as Arris, Hitron, Cisco Systems and Netgear, said the full line is compatible with TiVo systems and integrated into Pace’s Whole Home architecture, which features the MG1 Multi-tuner Video Gateway and Mi3 client devices. The models also feature TR-069 and SNMPv3 for remote management.

“As a strategic partner of Pace for many years, we are very proud to be supporting them as they enter this sector of the market,” said Jay Kirchoff, VP of marketing, cable broadband at Broadcom. “With this range of products utilizing Broadcom silicon for DOCSIS, Wi-Fi and MoCA, Pace has created a very powerful gateway proposition for the cable industry.”

Pace said customer testing is underway with select, still-unnamed MSOs in North America, noting that the set of products will be ready for commercial field deployment in November. Further variants of the range will follow in 2015, the company said.