DOCSIS 3.0, or Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification 3.0, has been around for a while now. Most users don't see that much of a difference between a DOCSIS 2.0 and 3.0 modem because they're not paying for that tier of service. But as technology progresses, faster internet is cheaper and new, even faster internet tiers pop up. But in order for faster speeds to become available, faster modems are needed. Intel today previewed their newest DOCSIS 3.0 cable gateway, which is capable of a (up to) 1 gigabit-per-second downstream connection, and a (up to) 240 megabit-per-second upstream connection.
The crazy gigabit speeds are thanks to the new architecture's use of 24 bonded channels, as opposed to the previous 8 bonded channels that modems today use. Upstream connections use 8 bonded channels, now. The more channels that the Puma 6 architecture uses allow for both greater speed and greater bandwidth. The new architecture should hopefully help different ISPs with network management, giving more people faster internet.
Alan Crouch, general manager of Intel’s Service Provider Division, said,
Widespread use of this update won't be around for a while, sadly. Test production deployment for a 1Gbps will start with a South Korean ISP in 2013, and there's no word on when we can expect to see that in other parts of the world. You can read the full press release here.