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October 28, 2013

ZCorum Unveils Spectrum Analysis and Remote Monitoring Tools for Cable TV and Broadband Providers

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

ZCorum, a provider of broadband Internet and communication solutions for telcos, cable companies, utilities and municipalities, in partnership with Hitron and MaxLinear, has announced end-to-end remote monitoring and spectrum analysis tools for cable television and broadband providers.

The new solutions are designed to gather spectrum analysis data and other performance diagnostics remotely from Hitron cable modems based on Intel (News - Alert) and MaxLinear front-end receiver chips. With these solutions, ZCorum expects to create a paradigm shift in how cable operators troubleshoot home and network issues in the field.

The company has unveiled a new diagnostics application, RF Inspector, which gathers and presents data from Hitron cable modems. The spectrum analyzer will help cable television and broadband providers identify issues that are present in the customer premises equipment, including excessive tilt, spectrum suck outs, overdriven channels, RF notches, standing waves, resonant peaking, ingress and interference.

Hitron cable modems utilize Intel’s Puma 5 DOCSIS 3.0 processor and the MaxLinear MxL261 eight-channel DOCSIS 3.0 front-end receiver. It allows operators to remotely view and analyze all channels passing through the cable modem, which can improve troubleshooting capabilities for both data and video subscribers.

MaxLinear’s cable receivers, meanwhile, with dual-wideband or full-spectrum capture tuners, are based on the company’s proprietary CMOS process . They will be used to provide embedded remote spectrum and performance monitoring, delivering remote diagnostic data for this new application.  

ZCorum’s other software-based diagnostics solutions for broadband providers include TruVizion software for cable modem and CMTS monitoring, along with an accompanying mobile app called TechVizion.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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