Intel logo 3 Intel is going after the Gigabit cable modem market

A little known fact is that Intel is competing in the cable modem market and the company is showing off its latest DOCSIS 3.0 gateway at the Cable Show. The bad news is that it doesn't appear that we'll see any commercial implementations until next year, which at least isn't too far away.

A little known fact is that Intel is competing in the cable modem market and the company is showing off its latest DOCSIS 3.0 gateway at the Cable Show. The bad news is that it doesn't appear that we'll see any commercial implementations until next year, which at least isn't too far away.

Unlike most of its technologies, Intel has gone with a pet name for its cable modem technology and its DOCSIS 3.0 products are simply known as Puma 6. The first test program using this technology will kick off next year in Korea, so if you're a SKbroadband customer this might very well be good news for you.

Beyond offering download speeds of up to 1Gbps, DOCSIS 3.0 is also promising upstream bandwidth of up to 240Mbps depending on how the cable service provider configures its channel bonding, as 24 channels are required for the top download speed and another eight channels for the top upload speed. Intel will be offering complete solutions to potential partners, albeit not the actual cable modems, but the company has a chipset for the modems.

With an increase in HD video content and larger application downloads as many companies are shying away from offering physical media for its software, we're all going to need faster internet connections unless we're going to end up spending even more time sitting around waiting for our downloads to finish and this is a step in the right direction. That said, cable internet providers tend to be fairly slow at upgrading their infrastructure, so expect it to take a bit longer before 1Gbps is standard on your average cable network.

Source: Intel