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Newtec broadband terminal uses Altera FPGAs

Posted: 15 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sat3Play Newtec? terminal broadband? FPGA Cyclone?

Altera Corp. revealed that Newtec's Sat3Play broadband terminal is using its Cyclone II FPGAs. Newtec is a worldwide provider of satellite communications products and solutions, including DVB modulators, digital TV and radio distribution networks, TV networks and IP broadband access networks.

The Sat3Play broadband terminal is part of a two-way satellite system that allows ISPs and Telcos to provide voice, data and television services in areas where low-cost broadband connections don't exist, says Newtec. Altera Cyclone II devices enable the flexibility and scalability found in the Sat3Play broadband terminal. In the terminal, the Cyclone II devices act as a coprocessor to an ASSP, handling the upstream modulation for the return channel, and filtering protocol-encapsulated data for the transmission and reception of IP packets while handling key system interfaces like PCI.

"For years, some Internet users in Europe didn't have a choice in broadband access. Depending on where they lived, they were forced to use PSTN or ISDN to access the Internet. Now a Sat3Play user can have access anywhere, anytime and as long as they want," said Max d'Oreye, VP of marketing at Newtec. "Altera's Cyclone II FPGAs help make that a reality by providing us with a cost-effective solution for this high-volume application and enabling us to handle higher bandwidth efficiency inside the broadband terminal."

"Operating at the heart of Newtec's Sat3Play terminal, Altera's Cyclone II FPGAs offer both the performance headroom to support new innovative modulation schemes for new services and the programmability for easy firmware upgrades," said Arun Iyengar, senior director of Altera's communications business unit. "We're proud to be a part of Newtec's solution to give European consumers another choice in broadband access."

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