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Three Words on the APEX3000 Universal Edge QAM: Density, Redundancy, and Ingest

Author:  Chris Brown, Director of Product Management

As discussed in an earlier post, the new APEX3000 universal edge QAM is designed to bridge the gap between legacy architectures and future CCAP deployments. However, three specific characteristics make this new universal edge QAM extremely valuable for today – whether you have CCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform) on your network roadmap or not.

The ultra high density and ingest capacity of the APEX3000 helps operators save on power and cooling costs, as well as space in the headend. Operators can start with as few as 16 QAM channels per port, and scale up to the full 48 as needed. Greater capacity means a greater ability to meet increasing demand for narrowcast content. Greater density means lower costs even as operators light up more VOD, SDV, and network DVR channels. The APEX3000 is also highly modular, with hot-swappable QAM blades and power supplies, and the flexibility to support different configurations depending on system requirements.

The APEX 3000 is a future proof solution that supports 100% ingest of unicast services today, and this ingest capacity also enables the transition to the all IP-based services of tomorrow.

Redundancy is another big benefit of the APEX3000 including support for both QAM blade and host module redundancy.  Fail-over is automatic so no operator intervention is needed. The APEX3000 also supports two power sources, with the option to configure one for AC power, and one for DC.

Finally, with regards to content ingest, the latest APEX hardware includes twelve 10Gigabit Ethernet ports – eight primary ports, and four back-up ports. This allows operators to ingest enough content to fill every QAM channel with unique, unicast content which is critical for applications like VOD and DVR.

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Motorola APEX3000 Universal Edge QAM Video

Yesterday we announced the Motorola APEX3000 high density Universal Edge QAM. The APEX3000 delivers industry-leading density to meet operators’ needs to cost effectively address increasing demands for narrowcast services such as VOD and nDVR. We were able to capture Chris Brown, Director of Product Management, Motorola Mobility, on the SCTE show floor discussing the benefits of the APEX3000 and how it helps cable operators. Take a look below.


Introducing the APEX3000 Universal Edge QAM: 1,536 QAM Channels and a Bridge to CCAP

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.