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S-A to rely on third-parties for 'WebSTAR' modems

Mon, 11/19/2001 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Scientific-Atlanta Inc., in its most recent 10-Q report, said it has opted to rely solely on third party vendors for its line of WebSTAR cable modems.

Askey Computer Corp. manufactures S-A's DPX110 WebSTAR product, which uses silicon from Broadcom Corp. CableLabs has already certified that model for DOCSIS 1.0.

Meanwhile, S-A's homegrown version of the WebSTAR, the DPQ110, houses S-A chipsets, and has yet to win DOCSIS certification.

"Although we submitted a cable modem based on our silicon technology for certification wave 19 [ended Sept. 21]…such modem was not certified due to some software issues that have since been resolved, but no issues with our silicon technology were raised," S-A disclosed in its 10-Q. The company added that it has no plans to resubmit the DPQ110 for certification, "because we can satisfy our needs and the needs of our customers with the modem manufactured by our third party supplier."

To date, S-A has shipped more than 200,000 WebSTARs, mostly of the DPX110 variety.

S-A also intends to expand on its cable modem relationship with Askey. At next week's Western Show, the company plans to unveil the WebSTAR DPX200, a new series that contains an embedded media terminal adapter and two RJ11 phone jacks. Based on DOCSIS 1.1, the new model will eye PacketCable, an industry-specified infrastructure designed to foster Voice-over-Internet protocol and other packet-based IP services and applications.

Like the DPX110, Askey will manufacture the DPX200, which will contain Broadcom chipsets. That model is expected to become commercially available in early 2002.

S-A also works with a third party for its chassis-based cable modem termination system via a reseller/development deal with Pacific Broadband Communications, which is slated to be acquired by Juniper Networks.

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