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Press Release September 22 2014

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HFC and FTTx Network Frequency Expansion Made Easier by Chips Technology Circuits (CTC) new Remove and Replace (R & RSM) Upgrade Kits.  

BLOOMFIELD, NEW JERSEY, USA – September 22, 2014 - Chips Technology Circuits (CTC), headquartered in Bloomfield, NJ, a global stocking distributor and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) providing timely, reliable, and worldwide service and supply to the CATV, broadband, and telecommunications sectors today announced availability of its fiber optic node frequency expansion Upgrade Kits.

CTC’s R & RSM Upgrade Kits reduce the cost and complexity to cable network major system operators (MSOs), small cable operators, and business-class multi-media signal distributors to expand their cable and telco plant’s downstream frequency carrying capacity.  Today’s announcement reveals four (4) frequency expansion options and eight (8) CTC R & RSM Upgrade Kit part numbers (PNs) aimed at increasing the signal carrying capacity of the Arris/Motorola model SG1000 multi-port optical node.  CTC’s new Upgrade Kits aim to increase any 750-MHz or 870-MHz capable SG1000 downstream frequency delivery capability to 1000 MHz (1 GHz).  

Operators benefit from using CTC’s new R & RSM Upgrade Kits in several ways including gaining the ability to easily and cost effectively increase high speed data (HSD) delivery speed by 200 Mbps or more and the addition of up to 31 (for PAL-x 8-MHz wide channel systems) or 41 (for NTSC based 6-MHz wide channel systems) new channels.  CTC designed the R & RSM Upgrade Kits around their new portfolio of ultra-high reliability and performance SOT-115 package modules, including the new CTC PN CHF1000260AA and CHF1000280AA 1-GHz fixed output optical receiver modules, Silicon, Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), and Gallium Nitride (GaN) process based 1-GHz and 1218-MHz capable amplifier modules.

Some industry estimates place cable and telco network equipment limited to 870-MHz or less downstream frequency capability at more than one million (1 M) infrastructure class optical nodes and line amplifiers worldwide.  CTC’s new R & RSM Upgrade Kits are crafted to give both network operators and equipment suppliers their lowest total accounted cost (TAC) option to date to improve their infrastructure product and network’s content delivery capacity, ability to thrill customers, and increase profit.  At a cost to acquire and install as low as one half the cost of previous frequency upgrade options, operators and equipment suppliers need only use simple hand tools to remove 14 or so lower frequency capability components from their as-is SG1000 and replace them with the CTC R & RSM Upgrade Kit supplied components to achieve 1-GHz capable and specification compliant operation.  CTC Upgrade Kits require no changes to the as-is SG1000 power supply, fiber optic cabling tray, or return path/upstream circuitry, if installed.  No special skills or training is required for a technician to perform the R & RSM steps to easily expand the SG1000’s content delivery capacity.

“Armed with CTC R & RSM Upgrade Kits, there is no reason now for network operators and network infrastructure equipment suppliers not to easily and cost effectively expand the frequency capability of their SG1000 optical nodes wherever installed”, said Lance Horniacek, Director, Chips Technology Circuits.

CTC has been delivering exceptional service and the means for their customer’s continued profitability and growth within the cable and telco industries for more than 41 years.  CTC recently added the capacity to deliver more than 100 individual module part numbers in the widely used cable infrastructure standard SOT-115 package, making it one of the world’s largest suppliers of this class of infrastructure component.


CTC is actively developing a portfolio of additional R & RSM Upgrade Kits for other popularly employed downstream frequency limited optical nodes and line amplifiers within hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC), fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC), fiber-to-the-building (FTTB), or In-Building (IB) networks.