Scientific Atlanta Announces New Line of Set-Tops for the Connected Life - Latest set-tops set the stage for next generation services -



    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
 security.
     "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
 on-demand transactions.
     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.
     About Cisco Systems
     Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   CSCO) is the worldwide leader in
 networking for the Internet. Information on Cisco can be found at
 http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to
 http://newsroom.cisco.com.
     Scientific Atlanta and Explorer are registered trademarks of
 Scientific- Atlanta, Inc. Axiom, 940, 4500HDC, and 8500HDC are trademarks
 of Scientific- Atlanta, Inc. CableLabs, OpenCable, OCAP, and CableCARD are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
 
 

SOURCE Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company

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