Motorola Launches Cable Headend for European High Definition

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
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Bandwidth enhancing solutions optimize cable networks to enable cost-effective distribution of HD content and accelerate delivery of personal media experiences

COLOGNE, Germany — ANGA Cable 2009 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced the launch of its new cable headend solution for the European market, progressing Motorola’s strategy to empower its customers with more efficient, reliable, flexible and open standard headend architectures as they introduce bandwidth-hungry HD content.

Developed specifically in response to the growing consumer demand for High Definition (HD) content, Motorola’s new cable headend solution meets today’s requirements for more cost effective bandwidth optimization while providing flexibility for future growth. Bringing together Motorola’s leading video products, the solution delivers the rate-shaping flexibility needed to simplify the deployment of HD channels in the cable network, especially as cable operators begin or expand their HD services with video on demand (VoD), network digital video recorders or time-shifted TV.

New to the platform is support for the DVB SimulCrypt Conditional Access standard, as well as full integration with DataMiner, Skyline’s widely deployed multi-vendor network management platform. DataMiner offers easy management of the new Motorola products along with other key components of the cable ecosystem, providing operators with a comprehensive view and uniform interface to the health, status, and operation of their network.

Available immediately and showcased at the Motorola stand (E21) at the ANGA Cable Show 2009, in Cologne, Germany, May 26-28, 2009, the solution comprises the following:

  • APEX1000 – a high density EdgeQAM that supports SimulCrypt-compliant conditional access
  • REM1000 – a Redundant Edge Matrix delivering optimized system availability via APEX1000 redundancy
  • New CAP1000 2.0 – CherryPicker® Application Platform with MPEG4 and MPEG2 rate shaping

“The joint release of new software and equipment for our cable headend solution demonstrates our commitment to addressing the dynamic European market,” said Bob Wilson, vice president and general manager, Networked Video Solutions, Motorola. “Combining the benefits of our market leading CherryPicker technology and its new MPEG-4 rate shaping capability with the release of our SimulCrypt approved products means we have developed an integrated solution for our European cable operator customers that enables them to easily and efficiently introduce and expand their HD services.”

Motorola has been a leader in digital video processing systems for nearly 20 years, having deployed more than 2,500 MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 digital headends as well as thousands of CherryPicker systems that optimize bandwidth and splice millions of ads every day around the world.