Broadband Cable Technology Platform

Broadband Cable Technology Platform

  • Broadband Cable Technology Platform
    ART/149CP
    20130422 - 20150421
    11336

    Dr Justin Che-i Chuang
    1)Simulation Platform - System/algorithm design specs - Matlab/C code, floating point and fixed point - Simulation results Timeframe: within 18 months after project kickoff 2)Hardware prototype and demo board - Hardware platform - RTL code for PHY transceiver - Firmware - Demo board with both RF and baseband - meeting HINOC 1.0 specification with enhanced mode targeting at HINOC 2.0 Timeframe: within 20 months after project kickoff 3) Test report - Final test report according to HINOC 1.0 specification with enhanced mode targeting at HINOC 2.0 Timeframe: within 24 months after project kickoff 4) Patent application - One patent application in the areas of baseband transceiver system, architecture, algorithm modules design and implementation. Timeframe: within 24 months after project kickoff
    Mr Bill Weimin ZHANG Mr Jui Kuang, Ray, HO Mr Wai Po WONG Dr Gang, Dennis QIAN Mr Huimin, Henry GUO Dr Shaohua ZHAO Mr Wuxue, Rewkie NI Mr Xiaodong YU Mr Kai-Cheung, Tim CHUNG Dr Shuzuo LOU Mr Sheng CHEN Ms Mei Fan, Rebecca CHOI Ms Angel CHEUNG Dr Xin Yi LIU Mr Koon Man, Angus SAM Dr Li, Ann LI Dr Yu, Lori LIU Mr Bi Qiang, Tyler LUO Mr Chiing Chyuan, Calvin Lee Mr Xiaoming, Michael CHEN Mr To Shing WONG Dr Shiyuan ZHENG
    Beijing Evergreen AUTO-ID Technology Co. Ltd. Prime Sky International Holdings Limited [Sponsor] Shanghai Huahong Integrated Circuit Co. Ltd. (SHHIC) The Hong Kong University

    The rapid development of the multi-media applications over the Internet leads to huge market demands for more bandwidth to the homes. Low-cost broadband access technologies are desired by leveraging the existing coaxial cable infrastructure. HINOC (High Performance Network over Coax) 1.0 standard was published as the industry standard in Mainland China in August 2012. This project aims to establish a system platform and develop a baseband prototype in FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) compliant with HINOC version 1.0 standard for broadband cable access at home. Given the high physical (PHY) layer data rate, low latency and low packet loss requirements, ASTRI’s sophisticated OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) technology accumulated in the past will be leveraged. Advanced technologies such as 1024 QAM modulation and demodulation, channel estimation, carrier frequency offset (CFO), sampling frequency offset (SFO) and I/Q imbalance compensation will be developed. HINOC 1.0 platform and prototype will be further enhanced to provide higher data rate and greater configurability because HINOC 2.0 standardization is currently on-going. Therefore, channel bandwidth extension from 16MHz to 48MHz, configurable OFDM cyclic prefix (CP) length, stronger preamble sequence of PHY frame and flexible channel estimation (CE) scheme will be designed and implemented. These efforts will make our IPs more valuable and competitive in the market. Currently, add-on values and profit of the broadband communications industry in the Greater China area are still in early development. The key IPs and technologies developed at ASTRI will strengthen the competitiveness of the broadband cable access industry in the region. According to the “Three Network Convergence” strategic plan in Mainland China, there will be 180M broadband access customers over existing coaxial cable by Year 2015, and the total number will be 300M by Year 2020 in Mainland China. The developed HINOC 1.0 platform and prototype can adapt to different application scenarios and provide solutions to capture the market opportunities.