News Release

Cisco Furthers CCAP Innovations With New Perks in Its Optical Video Platform

Industry's First XFP Transmitter with Pluggable Optics Doubles Density & Cuts Power Requirements in Half for Current Chassis
Oct 21, 2013


ATLANTA, GA., SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, October 21, 2013 – At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta today, Cisco announced availability of its new high-density Prisma SuperQAM XFP Transmitter module for its flagship Prisma II optical video platform. This first-of-its kind XFP Transmitter module is another key piece of Cisco's Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) migration plan, helping cable operators to leverage their existing infrastructure, while adopting an incremental deployment approach to add network capacity.

With the Prisma SuperQAM XFP transmitter, operators will be able to double the density of their current chassis, and reduce power consumption by half.  Also, the module will fit into the optical physical interface card (PIC) in Cisco's next-generation Terabit CCAP product, the converged Broadband Router (cBR-8), which will directly link to the optical node and further reduce rack space in the cable headend.

In addition to the Prisma II demonstration, Cisco is conducting private tours of its cBR-8 to cable operator customers this week at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.


  • Cisco is currently conducting trials and plans for deployment of the new modules with several major global service provider customers.  
  • Cisco's Prisma II optical video platform enables cable operators to use their existing hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) network to deliver multiple IP video streams.
  • The Cisco Prisma SuperQAM XFP Transmitter module doubles the capacity of installed Prisma II extra-dense (XD) chassis three-rack unit (RU) from 16 transmitters to 32 transmitters. The module requires only 3.5 watts of power, nearly 70% less power than what is available in the market today.
  • This new transmitter module with XFP form factor design, supports "all-digital" transport and/or all narrowcast video content, and can now hold up to two XFPs in place of the present SuperQAM transmitter.

About CCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform)

Spearheaded by CableLabs, CCAP is the new cable access architecture in the works that combines the functions of two key technologies: the cable modem termination system (powers DOCSIS/high speed broadband services) and edge QAM (powers video services). Combining the two functions helps service providers reduce rack space, save power, and accelerates the transition to an all-IP network that can simplify the delivery of video content to multiple screens.

Supporting Quote:

  • Brett Wingo, vice president and general manager, Cable Access Business Unit, Cisco

"Cisco is committed to helping our cable operator customers migrate to CCAP in the most efficient way possible. This product release is yet another example of how we are investing to enhance our customers' valuable revenue-producing infrastructure. Our Prisma XFP Transmitter module is a future-safe investment that can be used for Cisco's flagship Primsa II optical portfolio today, as well as for our next-gen terabit CCAP solutions. The CableLabs CCAP specification calls out an optical interface option – and this is what we are fulfilling ahead of the game. Customers will be able to use the same XFP transmitter in the Prisma II chassis, remove it and plug it directly into the cBR-8."

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Cisco, Cable-Tec Expo 2013, CCAP, QAM, DOCSIS, IP Video, Prisma II, SCTE, SuperQAM, XFP transmitter, Brett Wingo

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