Author: Chris Brown, Director of Product Management
The SCTE show opens today and news from Motorola Mobility is just rolling in. Today we’ve launched the APEX3000 Universal Edge QAM. It’s a super-dense chassis with 32 ports and 48 channels per port, supporting 1,536 QAM channels. The APEX3000 is designed not only to meet growing demand for narrowcast video, but also to serve as a bridge product for future rollouts of a Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP).
In an earlier post discussing the concept of a distributed CCAP model, my colleague Jeff Walker wrote about the ability to install a high-density Edge QAM in a cable network today with channels left over for future DOCSIS® data use. The APEX3000 was built with this capacity in mind. Many of our cable operator customers are facing overwhelming demand for more narrowcast channels to support growing VOD libraries and network DVR trials. However, since few are ready to make the jump to CCAP today, there is clear need for a product that can provide more channels now, yet still transition easily to a CCAP architecture later. The APEX3000 does both by offering unprecedented channel density in a 4RU unit, and leaving excess capacity available for a distributed CCAP architecture where DOCSIS channels are transmitted to the APEX chassis and then placed by the APEX into the same RF port along with video QAMs.
The goal with this new Universal Edge QAM is to link legacy architectures with a new converged platform. By doing this, we can help reduce upgrade expenses and support the scale of narrowcast video capacity that cable providers need. It’s a “pay-as-you-grow” QAM model, offering investment protection even as the industry migrates to CCAP for converged video and data delivery.
Motorola will be demonstrating the APEX3000 at SCTE in Atlanta, Booth # 1268. Stop by and visit us.