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9 November 2016

Skyworks unveils CATV infrastructure portfolio for DOCSIS 3.1; secures design win with European OEM

Analog and mixed-signal device maker Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA has launched its portfolio of cable TV (CATV) infrastructure solutions targeting DOCSIS 3.1 and EuroDOCSIS 3.1 cable applications.

The suite of products includes ultra-linear RF amplifiers - the first devices commercially available for frequencies up to 1218MHz in Europe - optimized to support high signal fidelity. Skyworks says that, by combining linearity with reliability, the products ensure ultra-fast data throughput and high-quality streaming while minimizing downtime for multiple system operators (MSOs) and paving the way for hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) systems capable of greater data speeds. Skyworks has already secured a key design win with a major European CATV OEM.

"The pace of technology is continually changing the way consumers receive information and entertainment," says Carlos Bori, VP of sales & marketing. "We are supporting this massive upsurge in data requirements for consumers around the world via smartphones, the connected car and wearables, as well as equipment and services into the home. With our newest suite of solutions for network operators, Skyworks is addressing the growing CATV market, enabling the delivery of new, high-speed data channels while providing MSOs the ability to continue pushing fiber networks deeper into their infrastructure platforms."

According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, consumer demand for new, faster video and broadband services, the global transition to digital, and the drive towards new back-end systems are all driving growth in CATV infrastructure networks. Customer subscriptions for digital CATV jumped 18% to 16.3 million across Europe in first-half 2016 alone as subscribers migrate to enhanced services, per Cable Europe and Screen Digest.

Skyworks' CATV infrastructure portfolio include the following wide-bandwidth DOCSIS and EuroDOCSIS 3.1-compliant ultra-linear RF amplifiers:

  • the ACA1216 - a 1218MHz CATV MMIC power doubler amplifier (12V) with what is claimed to be the highest linear RF power for a high-gain 12V CATV surface-mount device;
  • the ACA2429 - a 1218MHz high-output CATV power doubler amplifier (24V) featuring what is claimed to be industry-leading bit error rate (BER) across the full operational temperature range.

Skyworks' CATV products are currently available for sampling and production. The firm is highlighting the portfolio in booth 557 (hall A4) at the electronica 2016 trade fair in Munich, Germany (8-11 November).

Tags: Skyworks CATV

Visit: www.skyworksinc.com/Market/11/CATV

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