Digital Keystone and SCM Microsystems have launched "HPNX," a new test and development platform designed to verify product compliance with CableLabs' OpenCable specifications.
The test platform, the companies said, will verify compliance of host devices such as digital televisions and digital set-top boxes. OpenCable, which aims to create a retail market for consumer-side digital cable equipment, will separate the conditional access (CA) and encryption systems via the use of removable security modules. Digital cable boxes used in the U.S. today primarily use proprietary, embedded CA systems from Scientific-Atlanta and Motorola Broadband.
The HPNX platform is based on technology licensed from Digital Keystone. SCM, in turn, manufactures and distributes the platform.
Other companies have recently stepped up with test platforms designed for OCAP (OpenCable Application Platform), a middleware spec for OpenCable-based devices. In April, Strategy & Technology Ltd. and UniSoft Corp. inked a non-exclusive deal with CableLabs to create a test environment for OCAP.