ATX Enhances HFC

ATX Networks’s HFC Enhance offering of drop-in upgrade modules for amplifiers and nodes saves operators time and money

June 25, 2008

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PHILADELPHIA -- Focused at allowing MSOs to upgrade legacy unsupported equipment without removing it from the field, ATX Networks’ (booth #1550) HFC EnhanceTM offering of drop-in upgrade modules for amplifiers and nodes saves operators not only time and money, but also allows for a network upgrade with minimal customer downtime.

Return Path Transmitter Conversion (FP-DFB):
ATX Networks offers MSOs the ability to cost-effectively and efficiently convert FP based return path transmitters to DFB based transmitters in order to obtain improved optical link performance and therefore, support an increased number carriers in the retrun band and/or support higher QAM modulation formats (eg. 64QAM) necessary for services such as DOCSIS 2.0 or 3.0. ATX Networks can accommodate an MSO’s FP to DFB conversion by offering new drop in modules and/or by upgrading the laser in existing modules. ATX Networks supports a wide range of legacy nodes.

Node Segmentation Solutions:
The HFC Enhance Node Segmentation Solutions product offering brings to market a suite of products that provides MSOs segmentation options for legacy nodes including the ADC/CCOR ISX-30XX*, the Scientific-Atlanta 6920 and 694X* and the Motorola BTN* legacy nodes. Further, with multiplexing technologies (WDM, CWDM) as an optional part of the segmentation kit offered, the segmentation can be performed without the requirement for additional optical fibers. By comparing the enhanced performance, drop-in capability and cost-effectiveness of the HFC Enhance Node Segmentation Solutions to that of the cost and network disruption associated with the installation of new nodes, MSOs will find the HFC Enhance Node Segmentation Solutions very compelling.

Drop-In Amplifier Upgrade Modules:
The HFC Enhance product line offers the QPAL and QFLAME drop-in upgrade modules which allow for a bandwidth enhancement of the Texscan/Jerrold/GI/Motorola* line extender and the Texscan/Arris/Antec* trunk/mini-bridger amplifiers respectively. With a bandwidth enhancement of up to 930 MHz or more, these modules allow for improved network performance at a fraction of the cost and time associated with complete amplifier station replacement.

In a separate release:

PHILADELPHIA -- ATX Networks (booth #1550) is now shipping its DVIS and DVISm Digital Video/Audio Encoder products for a professional, yet cost-effective, method of delivering locally generated content in a digital format.

The MDU Solutions® DVIS and DVISm products are characterized by their extremely compact, flexible and application-friendly designs and deliver professional digital video signals to apartment buildings, hotels, institutions, etc. The DVIS version is a scalable solution for encoding up to 10 A/V programs and multiplexing them onto a QAM channel via its integrated agile QAM modulator/upconverter. The DVISm version is scalable up to 4 A/V programs. Both units also support Add/Drop multiplexing so that incoming program streams can be selected and multiplexed with locally generated program streams.

The DVIS and DVISm are aimed primarily towards applications where it is necessary to provide locally generated audio/video content (eg: MDU entrance / security cameras or condominium specific programming) to subscribers provisioned with digital-only set-top boxes or digital-ready TV sets. The hardened wall mount enclosures, with lockable front door and field replaceable fans provide a rugged and practical platform for harsh MDU-type environments. Local/remote (HTTP, SNMP) configuration access, as well as front access to all of the units’ features, allow for easy and comfortable product installation, maintenance and upgrade.

ATX Communications Inc.

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