ATLANTA, April 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- THE NATIONAL SHOW,
NCTA/April 9-11, 2006, Georgia World Congress Center, Booth #2251 --
Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco company, today announced the introduction of
its newest line of set- tops, designed to provide cable operators with
increased power, flexibility and with advanced security solutions. These
new set-tops(1) will enhance the consumer's experience with new digital
services and advanced interactive applications as cable operators begin to
deploy Next Generation Network Architectures (NGNA) in their systems.
Scientific Atlanta's new set-top platform, a principal component of
Cisco Connected Home, is targeted to play a key role in supporting the
introduction of CableLabs(R) OpenCable(TM) Applications Platform (OCAP(TM))
and the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) mandate for separable
"In addition to providing a powerful OCAP and separable security
solution, these next generation set-tops will allow our customers the
flexibility to deliver content and services such as H.264 high-definition
decoding and DOCSIS 2.0 data capability in a more efficient manner,
resulting in a more robust service offering to compete in today's dynamic
market," said Michael Harney, president of Subscriber Network Systems,
Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco company.
Benefits of Scientific Atlanta's NGNA set-top line include:
-- Designed for OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) - With faster
processing power, increased memory, and utilization of the Linux(R)
operating system, these new set-tops will provide the necessary speed
to launch the new generation of OCAP applications quickly and
efficiently. Complementing the set-top line is Scientific Atlanta's
complete OCAP platform, which includes the company's OCAP Digital
Network Control System Release 4.0 series and the OCAP Axiom(TM)
middleware product, now testing in multiple customer labs.
-- Separable Security Solutions - The new line of set-tops will require
the use of a Multi-Stream CableCARD(TM) to provide the conditional
access portion of the cable operator's system security. The
Multi-Stream CableCARD provides the needed separable security in order
to comply with the FCC's July 1, 2007, separable security mandate. In
addition, Scientific Atlanta is using this new line of set-tops as a
development platform for the upcoming alternative separable security
solution known as DCAS (Downloadable Conditional Access System).
-- Advanced DOCSIS Set-Top Gateway (ADSG) - The new line of set-tops will
support CableLabs ADSG specification for transporting set-top box
command and control information over DOCSIS. The built-in DOCSIS 2.0
modem, in addition to ADSG support, will also provide a path for
Internet protocol (IP) video services to be delivered to subscribers.
Scientific Atlanta's ADSG solution thus consolidates cable modem and
set-top traffic over an open, vendor-independent DOCSIS network for
integrated video, voice and data applications.
-- Support for Advanced Video Codecs (H.264) - Enables operators to
deliver content, including on-demand, high-definition TV (HDTV)
programming and Internet video content, with blockbuster-quality video,
while utilizing bandwidth-saving lower bit rates.
-- Connected Home Solutions - Scientific Atlanta's NGNA set-top line will
provide processing power and connectivity to leverage future compatible
connected home services that consumers desire. As the home IP local
area network (IP LAN) continues to evolve, these new set-tops can allow
the sharing of content within the home, as well as interoperability
with other compatible cable operator devices and compatible retail
purchased consumer electric devices.
Additionally, Scientific Atlanta is also introducing its Explorer(R)
940(TM) Compact Digital Only Interactive Set-Top. As cable sites migrate
toward digital simulcasting, and with the upcoming digital broadcast
network environments on the horizon, the Explorer 940 Set-Top is a compact,
cost- efficient digital only solution. The 940 enables operators to create
an "enhanced basic" service or support an introductory digital video
service tier to drive conversion of basic or expanded basic subscribers.
The Explorer 940 Set-Top can also help operators expand the number of
additional cable outlets in the home, as well as increase pay-per-view and
Scientific Atlanta will be demonstrating its latest NGNA initiatives at
NCTA 2006, The National Show in Atlanta, Georgia, April 9-11, Booth #2251.
(1) Model numbers include: The 4500HDC(TM) High-Definition CableCARD
Set-Top (HD Set-Top) and the 8500HDC(TM) High-Definition Digital Video
Recorder CableCARD Set-Top (HD DVR set-top).
About Scientific Atlanta
Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco Company, is a leading supplier of digital
content contribution and distribution systems, transmission networks for
broadband access to the home, digital interactive set-tops and subscriber
systems designed for video, high-speed Internet and Voice over IP (VoIP)
networks, and worldwide customer service and support. Scientific-Atlanta,
Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems. More information about
Scientific Atlanta is available at http://www.scientificatlanta.com.
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