SCTE: RADX, Xilinx, ADI collaborate on EdgeQAM for cable market

Michelle Clancy | 19-10-2012

RADX Technologies, Xilinx and Analog Devices are partnering on off-the-shelf, programmable EdgeQAM technology solutions at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando. The solutions are aimed at cable TV equipment OEMs looking to develop and deploy next-generation EdgeQAM products that address cable TV operators' most demanding QAM applications – from hospitality to full CCAP solutions.

Based on technologies from the three partners, the EdgeQAM technology solutions enable OEMs to deploy low-cost, low-power yet advanced, programmable systems. The integrated equipment includes the 28nm Xilinx Kintex-7 and/or Virtex-7 Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), Analog Devices' AD9129 DACs, and FrontierEQ IP cores from RADX Technologies.

"Our collaboration with Xilinx and Analog Devices has resulted in a watershed solution for EdgeQAM system OEMs," said Ross Smith, RADX Technologies CEO and co-founder. "The FrontierEQ EdgeQAM IP cores and reference platforms fully exploit the superior capabilities of Xilinx 7 series FPGAs and Analog Devices DACs to enable OEMs of all sizes to deploy the most advanced, power-efficient and high-performance EdgeQAM solutions in the market in record time and on budget. And because the solutions are programmable, we've virtually eliminated the risks associated with supporting new standards that are inherent to fixed-function, ASIC-based solutions."

The programmability is an intrinsic feature of the solution's Xilinx FPGA-based foundation, which enables OEMs to reprogram the solution in the field or at the factory to meet evolving industry standards and/or customer requirements, offering a future-proof capability, the companies noted.

Also, the products allow OEMs to integrate electronic components into a single IC, which reduces the bill-of-material (BOM) costs and powering requirements, key industry requirements for next-generation EdgeQAM systems.

"Xilinx, together with RADX and Analog Devices, has developed production-deployable solutions for OEMs that gives them a comprehensive foundation for building scalable, low-power EdgeQAM solutions to which they can add their own differentiating IP," said Aaron Behman, senior manager for Xilinx broadcast and consumer marketing. "Cable equipment OEMs can accelerate the time-to-market for their next-generation EdgeQAMs while ensuring their products are 'future proof' and immune to changing standards and differentiated from the competition."