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Toshiba notches DOCSIS 2.0 certification

Sun, 04/20/2003 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

After further review, CableLabs has granted DOCSIS 2.0 certification to Toshiba America Information Systems' PCX2600 cable modem following certification wave 25, which officially ended April 4. Toshiba also won DOCSIS 1.0 certification for its PCX4500 wireless cable modem router.

CableLabs reported initial results from certification wave 25 on April 10. The Louisville, Colo.-based R&D organization typically grants certification to equipment weeks after the end of testing waves following further tests that iron out anomalies that can show up during initial tests. Those additional tests are usually at the request of the vendor.

"Although Toshiba has been producing cable modems with some DOCSIS 2.0 capabilities for a while now, the PCX2600 certification gives us the green light to start selling models with both A-TDMA and S-CDMA protocols to MSOs that are currently laying the foundation for future DOCSIS 2.0 deployments," said Fred Berry, vice president and general manager of Toshiba's Network Products Division.

Based on silicon from Texas Instruments, the PCX2600 adheres to both advanced modulation schemes required under DOCSIS 2.0: advanced time division multiple access (A-TDMA) and synchronous code division multiple access (S-CDMA).

Toshiba said the PCX4500 is the latest in a line of wireless cable modem routers. Based on CableHome specifications, the model houses an 802.11b access point and a Stateful Inspection firewall. Toshiba's first cable modem router, the PCX5000, began shipping in December 2002.

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