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Cisco Explorer 8640HDC DVR with M-Card Interface Data Sheet

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The Cisco® Explorer 8640HDC DVR with Multi-Stream CableCARD (M-Card) interface provides high quality video, audio, DVR, and two-way capabilities that cable operators have come to expect. The platform provides faster processing of applications while also supporting bandwidth management objectives.

The 8640HDC becomes the multimedia service gateway for the home - sharing and managing video and audio experiences between the television and other home network devices.

Figure 1. Cisco Explorer 8640HDC DVR (image may vary from actual product and specification)

Features

Network Utilization Enhancements

1 GHz Tuning allows service providers to expand network bandwidth to provide additional services such as HD and VOD, VoIP video, and high speed data

MPEG-4 (H.264) Decoding supports compression technology that provides better video quality at about half the data rate of MPEG-2

DOCSIS® 2.0 provides increased upstream throughput for future advanced services and provides a path for future IP video services (optional software)

Digital-Only Tuning enables service providers to improve bandwidth efficiency and accelerate the transition to an all-digital network by migrating analog subscribers to digital services

tru2way and Conventional Network Support

M-Card Interface uses a Multi-Stream CableCARD for separable security

Axiom DVR Middleware supports OpenCable tru2way (formerly OCAP) applications such as Service Navigators, Games, and many other future applications (optional software)

DOCSIS Set-top Gateway (DSG) provides a powerful standard transport mechanism for command and control signaling between the set-top and service provider network (optional software)

SARA DVR Software on a set-top provides native navigator and user interface in a
non-tru2way environment (optional software)

DAVIC Receiver/Transmitter allows IP-based, real-time, two-way communication between the set-top and the service provider network for services such as on-demand (optional software)

DVR and Home Networking Features

Dual-tuner DVR allows one program to be recorded while viewing or recording another

160 GB Internal Hard Drive stores up to 90 hours of SD or 20 hours of HD programs

320 GB Internal Hard Drive (optional) stores up to 180 hours of SD or 40 hours of HD programs

500 GB Internal Hard Drive (optional) stores up to 280 hours of SD or 62 hours of HD programs

Personal media player enables display of photos and playback of video and audio from standards based home network connected devices (optional software)

Ethernet Connection enables a connection to the home IP LAN for advanced services such as content sharing to the set-top from retail-purchased electronic devices

Digital Transmission Content Protection over IP (DTCP-IP) provides encrypted content protection, such as "copy-one-generation" or "copy-never" based upon content's copy control information (CCI), when output through an IP connection to an authenticated device

Figure 2. Cisco Explorer 8640HDC Front Panel (image may vary from actual product and specification)

Table 1. Front Panel Features

Feature

Description

Connections

USB 2.0 Host, software controlled

Controls

IR Receiver, 10 Buttons: Power, List, Exit, Info, Guide, Vol+, Vol-, Ch+, Ch-, Select

Indicators

Four 7-segment digits, Power (icon), Message (icon), Record (icon), Home Networking (icon), HDTV, 5.1, Auto, 1080i p, 720i p, 480i p, software controlled

Color

Black finish, black lens, black buttons, grey text

Branding

Cisco, model number, provision for service provider branding, HDTV Cable

Figure 3. Cisco Explorer 8640HDC Back Panel (image may vary from actual product and specification)

Table 2. Back Panel Features

Feature

Description

Connections In

Cable In

Connections Out

HDMI (1.3) with CEC, YPbPr, Optical Digital Audio, Coax Digital Audio, Video, L/R Audio 1,
S-Video, L/R Audio 2, IR, TV Cable Out, IEEE-1394 4-Pin, software controlled, see Note 1

Output Resolutions

1920 x 1080i 60 Hz, 1920 x 1080p 30 Hz, 1920 x 1080p 24 Hz, 1280 x 720p 60 Hz, 720 x 480p 60 Hz, 720 x 480i 60 Hz, software controlled, see Note 1

Output Control

Scaled video in graphics, scaled HD video in graphics, graphics on HD and SD outputs, aspect ratio control, native resolution pass-thru, HD down convertible to SD, software controlled

Connections-Interactive

eSATA, USB 2.0 Host, Support for generic serial interface via USB, RJ-45 Ethernet, DTCP-IP on Ethernet, software controlled

Power Input

Polarized 2-prong modular cord plug, 115 VAC, 60 Hz

Power Output

Polarized 2-prong outlet, 500W max, at input line voltage, software controlled

Labels

Serial Number, RF MAC Address, eCM MAC Address, M-Card Serial Number (if optional
M-Card module is included), M-Card MAC Address (if optional M-Card module is included), Removal evident M-Card label (if optional M-Card module is included), Cisco, FCC, UL, Shock Warning, CATV Converter, Made In

Labels-Bottom

Scientific Atlanta, Inc., STB Model, Assembly P/N, Rev, Date, FCC, Patents, RSA

Specifications

Table 3. Product Specifications

Specification

Value

Tuning and Decoding

DVR

Dual tuning, Dual Record, Pause, Rewind, Fast-Forward, Record one program while viewing or recording another, software controlled

Picture in Picture

Digital, HD, software controlled

Tuning

Dual QAM 64 or 256, In-Band 54 MHz - 1 GHz, QPSK out-of-band (OOB) 70-130 MHz, DOCSIS 91-867 MHz

Video Decoders

Dedicated Dual 400 MHz VLIW CPU Processors, Dual MPEG-4 (H.264) up to HP@L4.0 (HD), Dual VC1 AP@L2&3, Dual MPEG-2 up to MP@HL, 1920 x 1080i 60 Hz, 1920 x 1080p 30 Hz, 1920 x 1080p 24 Hz, 1280 x 720p 60 Hz, 720 x 480p 60 Hz, 720 x 480i 60 Hz, video scaling, software controlled

Audio Decoders

Dedicated 250 MHz DSP CPU Processor, Dolby Digital to 5.1, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, BTSC/SAP, Dolby Digital+, AAC, AAC+, software controlled

Conditional Access

Separable security with Multi-Stream CableCARD interface

Encoders

Audio BTSC for TV Cable (RF) Output, software controlled

Graphics Engine

2.5 Dimension graphics, up to 960 x 540 resolution, 32 bit (16 million) color

DAVIC

DAVIC 1.2, QPSK FDC at 1.5 Mbps, QPSK RDC at 1.5 Mbps, software controlled

DOCSIS

OOB and Interaction via DOCSIS 2.0, DOCSIS Set-top Gateway, Baseline Privacy Interface, software controlled

Memory/Storage

Unified RAM

384 MB, see Note 2

Flash

2 MB

CPU NVM

16 KB

Hard Drive

160 GB, 320 GB (optional), 500 GB (optional), Internal SATA, 1.5 Gbs

Boot Partition on HDD

256 MB, see Note 3

Hard Drive Expansion

External SATA (eSATA), 1.5 Gbs, on rear panel, software controlled

Processors

Application/CPU

700 MHz (1000 MIPS)

Video/Graphics

Dual 400 MHz VLIW CPUs

Audio

250 MHz DSP CPU

DOCSIS CPU

333 MHz CPU

Network CPU

400 MHz CPU

Dimensions

Product (HxWxD)

3.25 in. x 15.6 in. x 11.2 in. (8.3 cm x 39.7 cm x 28.5 cm)

Product Weight

8.3 lbs (3.8 kg)

Carton (HxWxD)

6.12 in. x 18.0 in. x 14.0 in. (15.6 cm x 45.8 cm x 35.6 cm)

Total Weight

11.6 lbs (5.3 kg)

Operating Conditions

Placement

Locate with at least 2 inches of open space above and on each side

Room Temperature

32 to 105°F (0 to 40°C) during operation

Power Dissipation

50W maximum peak, ENERGY STAR Tier 1

Table 4. Accessories

Specification

Value

In Carton

 

Power Cord, Quick Reference Guide, HDMI-to-HDMI Cable

Sold Separately

 

Part Number

 

Axiom DVR Middleware License, see Note 2

4014594

 

SARA DVR Software License 3-year

752351

 

SARA DVR Software License 2-year

4020470

 

SARA DVR Software License 1-year

4020469

 

PowerKEY® Multi-Stream CableCARD PKM802

4014733 is EOL

 

PowerKEY® Multi-Stream CableCARD PKM803 (Multiples of 200)

4033273

 

AllTouch® AT8550 Remote Control

4006369 is EOL

 

AllTouch AT8560 Remote Control

4016237

 

HDMI-to-HDMI Cable (additional or replacement)

1002048

 

HDMI-to-DVI Cable

1002056 is EOL

 

YPbPr and L/R Cable Set

1000944 is EOL

 

RGB adapter and cables

749790 is EOL

 

IR Extender (USB) - 12 ft

1001807 is EOL

 

IR Extender (USB) - 25 ft

4006725 is EOL

 

IR Extender (3.5mm) - 12 ft

1004648

Ordering Information

Table 5. Ordering Information

Model

Description

Part Number
Set-Top Only

Part Number
Set-Top with PowerKEY M-Card Module

Explorer 8640HDC

8640HDC, HD Digital Only MPEG-4/-2 DVR with 160 GB HDD, 384 MB RAM, DOCSIS, Ethernet, DTCP-IP, and M-Card interface

N/A

4026532 is EOL

Explorer 8640HDC

8640HDC, HD Digital Only MPEG-4/-2 DVR with 320 GB HDD, 384 MB RAM, DOCSIS, Ethernet, DTCP-IP, and M-Card interface

N/A

4026530 is EOL

Explorer 8640HDC

8460HDC, HD Digital Only MPEG-4/-2 DVR with 500 GB HDD, 384 MB RAM, DOCSIS, Ethernet, DTCP-IP, and M-Card interface

N/A

4043438

Notes:
1. 1080p/24 or 1080p/30 output formats are available on HDMI, if those formats are presented to the set-top box at its input. Incoming video formats will not be converted to either of these for output. Output of these formats is under software control.
2. Axiom DVR Middleware for tru2way (formerly OCAP) support is recommended only for the 8600 models that have a minimum of 384 MB RAM.
3. Boot Partition provides space on the hard drive for storing the set-top's core software. Additional non-core application storage space may be made available on the hard drive. The Boot Partition is analogous to a portion of the role traditional flash memory serves on non-hard drive set-tops.

AVC Video License

With respect to each AVC/H.264 product, we are obligated to provide the following notice:
THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE AVC PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF A CONSUMER TO (i) ENCODE VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE AVC STANDARD ("AVC VIDEO") AND/OR (ii) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT WAS ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/OR WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO PROVIDER LICENSED TO PROVIDE AVC VIDEO. NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER USE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C. SEE http://www.mpegla.com.
Accordingly, please be advised that service providers, content providers, and broadcasters are required to obtain a separate use license from MPEG LA prior to any use of AVC/H.264 encoders and/or decoders.
The terms HDMI and HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and the HDMI Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.