As Internet services, television, and the Internet of Things transform the way we connect to and experience the world around us, a key trend in transformational connectivity is emerging: Connected home gateways. At INTX: The Internet and Television Expo in Boston this week, we’re excited to demo Puma 7, our newest cable gateway SoC that is leading the way for connected homes.
As attendees will surely see at INTX, tremendous change is occurring in the broadband marketplace. Service providers are responding to consumer demand for faster broadband, largely driven by rapidly increasing video consumption and the need to bring video content into the home on a variety of different devices.
There is also a need to bring new devices, applications, and services onto a connected home platform. In years past, cable modems and gateways sufficed. However, cable today has grown beyond simple broadband devices. With Puma 7 and the whole range of Intel’s portfolio of connected home and gateway products, we enable secure management of Internet, voice and video, home automation, security, energy management, and other connected services.
Puma 7 Home Gateway SoCs
When you look at Puma 7, you can see some of the real benefits that set it apart:
- Leading-edge 14 nanometer manufacturing process technology
- The highest performance, lowest power, most flexible application platform that brings service providers into the 10 gigabit per second world
- The evolution of the DOCSIS1 standard, providing the framework for a solid application platform that enables new solutions and richer customer experiences
Building on a decade of leadership in home network performance, the Puma 7 family (for cable networks) and the Intel AnyWAN GRX network processors are the foundation for new smart home gateway systems with unsurpassed capability to deliver content, surf the Internet, manage in-home networks, and support new smart home services.
Puma 7 combines a full-featured DOCSIS 3.1 modem delivering 4.5Gbps speed with an advanced performance network processor sustaining multi-gigabit throughput on multiple concurrent wireless and wired LAN interfaces. Puma 7 comes with pre-integrated gateway software, including RDK-B, running on a market-leading application processor that leverages our rich ecosystem of embedded software. The family of Puma 7 solutions fits the range of operators’ DOCSIS 3.1 devices and use cases and enables OEMs to fully reuse their investment in the Puma 6 DOCSIS 3.0 platform.
Intel Home Connectivity
In today’s smart, connected home, broadband gateways use multiple connectivity technologies to serve a range of devices for consuming content and working with digital files. Intel-based platforms support Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi, multiple Wi-Fi clients running 802.11n and 802.11ac, power line and coax data links, and an array of low-power links to smart home/IoT devices, including Bluetooth, Z-wave and DECT ULE.
Intel ICs are at the heart of carrier-class solutions for the broadband infrastructure, from the service provider operations center and telco central office (CO) to neighborhood DSLAMs and distribution points. Whether they are using DSL line card chipsets or GPON fiber network termination points, Intel silicon transports broadband across local loops built on copper, optical fiber, and hybrid fiber/copper architectures.
Intel IoT Security
Intel connected home solutions mirror the technology used in carrier-class network security and virtualization by employing a combination of on-chip hardware for packet classification, a Trusted Execution Environment, and hardware-enforced isolation of data streams.
The Future of Virtual CPEs
What’s in store for DOCSIS CPE? First, DOCSIS has the ability to create larger and larger IP bonding groups to enable higher-speed service tiers and support traffic growth. Additionally, DOCSIS CPEs may be channel bonded with legacy PHY and/or new PHY technologies, while all sharing the same MAC layer-bonding group.
Also, not a single DOCSIS CPE is required to change to reclaim spectrum, because of backward compatibility, or to eliminate the RF data simulcasting tax, as this network tax can be avoided with DOCSIS current and future systems.
With the cable landscape rapidly changing, virtualization of the broadband home gateway is an evolving architecture that brings the promise of open networking and improved efficiency in operation. Stop by during INTX and see how Puma 7 is helping to lead the way.