CableLabs recently concluded its most prolific certification wave of high-speed cable modems and headend gear to date. A total of 23 cable modems and five cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) received CableLabs' stamp of approval. The equipment certified and/or qualified is part of the DOCSIS 1.0 program.
Six new companies–Castlenet, Dakos, Global Telman, Matsushita, Scientific-Atlanta and Texas Instruments–joined the large list of DOCSIS cable modem equipment suppliers with certified products. Eleven companies, including 3Com, Askey, Cisco, Elsa, Ericsson, Motorola, Nortel, Powercom, Samsung America, Samsung Electronics and Terayon, were recertified for modems that adhere to the DOCSIS specification.
Tellabs' headend equipment was qualified in this wave for the first time. Four companies–Arris, Cisco Systems, Riverstone and Terayon–had CMTSs requalified.
These announcements mean that 130 versions of DOCSIS 1.0 cable high-speed data devices have been certified by CableLabs for retail sale. Included in this ever-increasing array are stand-alone modems with Ethernet and USB ports, and PCI modems, which are built inside personal computers by manufacturers. A total of 22 CMTSs have been qualified.
The certification process begun in January for DOCSIS 1.1 will continue as an ongoing process until a supplier achieves modem certification. Any suppliers that are new to the 1.1 process and that wish to seek certification, will be accepted into the certification wave that will be called Certification Wave 18. That wave will accommodate 1.0 and 1.1 products. Four discrete certification waves are scheduled for 2001.