First SFP Reference Design Announced by Sckipio
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First SFP Reference Design Announced by Sckipio

New CPE design to dramatically improve flexibility and scalability of deployments


The Hague, The Netherlands – June 16, 2015 − Sckipio Technologies, the leader in broadband access modems, today announced a new line of reference designs to support CPE modems inside an SFP pluggable form-factor – an industry first. The company also announced the world’s first CPE bridge reference design designed with reverse power injection for use in powering distribution point units via reverse power-feeding (RPF). These announcements were made in conjunction with the TNO Ultrafast Broadband Seminar, which runs from June 16-19th in The Hague, The Netherlands.


Sckipio now has three new CPE reference designs:


  • Sckipio CP1020 SFP Bridge Reference Design – the first bridge to be delivered within an SFP form-factor. This ultra-efficient new design will allow operators to add to existing CPE designs by leveraging available SFP slots on existing VDSL and GPON residential gateways.


  • Sckipio CP1010R CPE Bridge Reference Design with Reverse Power Injector – the first CPE bridge reference design to support reverse power feed injection.


  • Sckipio CP1010 CPE Bridge Reference Design – a cost-optimized CPE design based upon Sckipio’s new CP1000 CPE chipset.


“Historically, access technology was tied to the residential gateway chipset,” said David Baum, co-founder and CEO of Sckipio. “This locked service providers into one vendor for both the gateway and access technology and often that solution was inferior and expensive. With Sckipio’s approach, the access network is decoupled from the home network, making it a lot easier for service providers to select the best vendor for each technology and use-case.”


“The implementation of within an SFP enables our extensive portfolio of residential and business fiber gateways the ability to delivery Gigabit speeds over existing building wiring with a seamless transition to fiber installation in the future,” said Chris Thompson, director customer devices portfolio, ADTRAN.  “Sckipio’s approach is a key enabler allowing ADTRAN to accelerate the deployment of premium user-enabled broadband and cloud services to homes and enterprises, giving ADTRAN and our customers a substantial competitive advantage.”


When combining operating costs and equipment costs, it is clear that using an SFP is the superior approach to residential gateways. Operators gain from economies of scale since the same residential gateways can be used for VDSL, GPON and – all without having to build any of that technology inside. The same hardware can be sold for all situations and the SFP module is added to support the specific broadband access appropriate for that installation. That way service providers only pay for the chips they use and they can get higher volumes for the same hardware – also reducing costs.