CONEXANT LAUNCHES WORLD'S FASTEST SINGLE CHIP CABLE MODEM.Conexant Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNXT) a worldwide provider of semiconductor system solutions for communications applications, has launched the world's fastest single-chip cable modem and supporting reference designs.
The latest in Conexant's InfoSurge family of cable modems, the CX24943 uses a highly integrated design and advanced process and packaging technology to consume as little as half the power of alternative solutions while occupying half the board space.
"Conexant's new InfoSurge solution provides a single, worldwide cable modem platform that reduces system costs and can be software-upgraded to improve performance, support new standards, or enable a wide variety of products and software applications," said Dan Marotta, senior vice president and general manager of Conexant's Digital Infotainment Division.
"The CX24943 also features the industry's smallest footprint and lowest power dissipation, and builds on the foundation of our earlier InfoSurge products, which provide an architecture that can be modified to improve performance while allowing software applications to be added for advanced product applications."
The single-chip CX24943 cable modem combines a unique dual-processing engine and advanced software architecture to deliver an unprecedented 29,000 packets/second throughput regardless of packet size.
This enables it to maintain the full coaxial cable line rate of 38 megabits per second (unit) megabits per second - (Mbps, Mb/s) Millions of bits per second. A unit of data rate. 1 Mb/s = 1,000,000 bits per second (not 1,048,576).
E.g. Ethernet can carry 10 Mbps. (Mbps) even with packets as small as 160 bytes, while being fully capable of supporting Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (communications, networking) Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification - (DOCSIS) ITU-approved interface requirements for cable modems involved in high-speed data distribution over a cable television network. (DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) A cable modem standard from the CableLabs research consortium (www.cablelabs.com), which provides equipment certification for interoperability. ) and EuroDOCSIS 1.0 and 1.1 standards.
The device was designed into the industry's smallest single-chip cable modem package, a 17mm x 17mm 228-pin plastic ball grid array “BGA” redirects here. For other uses, see BGA (disambiguation).
A ball grid array (BGA) is a type of surface-mount packaging used for integrated circuits. (PBGA PBGA Plastic Ball Grid Array ), and cuts power dissipation to an industry-low 500mW typical.
Product applications supported by the InfoSurge CX24943 device include Ethernet and/or Universal Serial Bus See USB.
(hardware, standard) Universal Serial Bus - (USB) An external peripheral interface standard for communication between a computer and external peripherals over an inexpensive cable using biserial transmission. (USB USB
in full Universal Serial Bus
Type of serial bus that allows peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, digitizers, data gloves, etc.) to be easily connected to a computer. ) cable modems, Peripheral Component Interconnect See PCI.
(hardware) Peripheral Component Interconnect - (PCI) A standard for connecting peripherals to a personal computer, designed by Intel and released around Autumn 1993. PCI is supported by most major manufacturers including Apple Computer. (PCI (1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS.
(2) (Peripheral Component Interconnect) The most widely used I/O bus (peripheral bus). ) modems, as well as Computer Controlled Cable Modems (CCCMs), multifunction home-networking products, set-top box solutions, Small Office/Home Office See SOHO. (SOHO Soho (sōhō`, sə–), district of Westminster, London, England, known for its continental restaurants. Once a fashionable quarter, it became popular among writers and artists in the 19th cent. ) equipment, and Internet Protocol (IP) telephony products.
Additionally, its aggregate of more than 405 MIPs of dual, on-board processing power is capable of supporting a number of software applications used in broadband router products.
These applications include security firewalls, advanced bridging and routing protocols, Network Access Translation (NAT), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (protocol) Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol - (DHCP) A protocol that provides a means to dynamically allocate IP addresses to computers on a local area network. The system administrator assigns a range of IP addresses to DHCP and each client computer on the LAN has its TCP/IP (DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) Software that automatically assigns temporary IP addresses to client stations logging into an IP network. It eliminates having to manually assign permanent "static" IP addresses. DHCP software runs in servers and routers. ) servers, and wireless 802.11b access points, eliminating the need for external microcontrollers.
Dual-Processor Design Offers Breakthrough Performance
Conexant's CX24943 cable modem contains an embedded dual-processor engine consisting of an ARM9 application processor running at 225 MHz and a second ARM9 Media Access Controller (MAC) processor running at 144 MHz. All system functionality is partitioned between the application software and the cable MAC processing tasks.
Using the CX24943's dual-processor architecture and an enhanced release of the InfoSurge DOCSIS software architecture, Conexant has boosted CPU clock rates by 40 percent and increased downstream packet throughput performance threefold.
Conexant's enhanced InfoSurge DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 1.0/1.1 application software can also be used to upgrade deployed InfoSurge cable modem devices for improved performance and functionality. In addition, Conexant's previous cable-modem software is fully compatible with the new CX24943 device, enabling customers to reuse earlier, certified code.
Customers can utilize the CX24943 product to support multiple worldwide standards, proprietary specifications, and application-specific requirements both at the cable MAC and software applications layer. Cable operators can also download feature enhancements into field-deployed solutions, minimizing truck rolls and equipment obsolescence.
Conexant's CX24943 is a single monolithic system-on-a-chip (SoC) digital cable modem IC that is based on Conexant's previous-generation CN9414 single-chip cable modem, and was developed using leading-edge CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) Pronounced "c-moss." The most widely used integrated circuit design. It is found in almost every electronic product from handheld devices to mainframes. process technology and advanced packaging techniques.
The chip includes an embedded IEEE 802.3 10/100 MAC with a Media Independent Interface (MII) that provides direct access to home networking products including HomePlug powerline and HomePNA phoneline networking devices.
Additionally, it includes a USB 1.1 transceiver for easy plug-and-play installations, and a host interface to accommodate IP telephony, as well as IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11a wireless networking standards.
The CX24943 cable modem integrates both downstream and upstream physical layer (PHY) technologies. The sixth-generation physical-layer downstream receiver includes a 10-bit A/D A/D
See advance-decline line (A/D). that accepts a direct IF signal (at 44 or 36 MHz) and a 4/16/64/256 QAM demodulator See demodulate.
A device used to recover the original modulating signal from a modulated wave. A demodulator is also known as a detector. with Annex A, B and C forward error correction A communications technique that can correct bad data on the receiving end. Before transmission, the data are processed through an algorithm that adds extra bits for error correction. If the transmitted message is received in error, the correction bits are used to repair it. (FEC).
The CX24943 chip also includes an 11-bit D/A converter that can accommodate 65 MHz of upstream bandwidth for EuroDOCSIS and Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) applications, and a QPSK/16 QAM burst upstream modulator. Conexant's proven PHY technology exceeds all DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 1.0/1.1 requirements for low bit error rates (BER (1) (Basic Encoding Rules) A set of encoding rules for ASN.1 notation, which is a method for defining data structures. See ASN.1.
(2) (Bit Error Rate) The average number of bits transmitted in error. See BERT.
1. ) in noise-filled environments.
Conexant's CX24943 reference designs provide complete DOCSIS/ EuroDOCSIS 1.0/1.1-capable cable modem solutions for Ethernet/USB or PCI applications, allowing manufacturers to quickly bring products to market. The CX24943 reference designs also use Conexant's advanced CN2811 silicon tuner to provide superior performance for DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 1.1 applications.
The reference design kits include Conexant's proven InfoSurge DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 1.0/1.1-capable software, which meet the specific network requirements of @Home and Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) for Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 1998 and Windows NT.
Price and Availability
Conexant's CX24943 single-chip cable modem is shipping to customers now. The device is packaged in a 17mm x 17mm 228-pin PBGA and is priced at $26.50 in quantities of 10,000.
Conexant Systems, Inc. is a provider of semiconductor system solutions for communications applications. Conexant leverages its expertise in mixed-signal processing to deliver integrated systems and semiconductor products through two separate businesses: Conexant and Mindspeed Technologies.
Conexant's personal networking business is focused on wireless communications, digital infotainment and personal computing products that are used in mobile communications and the broadband digital home. Mindspeed Technologies designs, develops and sells a complete portfolio of semiconductor networking solutions that facilitate the aggregation, transmission and switching of data, video and voice from the edge of the Internet to linked metropolitan area networks and long-haul networks.
Conexant, headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., delivered revenues of $1.1 billion for fiscal 2001, and has approximately 6,500 employees worldwide. The company is a member of the S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 indices.
Conexant can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.conexant.com.
Mindspeed can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.mindspeed.com.
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