CableLabs integrates testing
Discovering that one head may in fact be better than three, CableLabs has pooled all of its testing resources.
The newly streamlined System Evaluation Group now heads up all certification, qualification and verification testing for projects such as DOCSIS, CableHome and PacketCable.
Heading the group is Craig Chamberlain, who was promoted to the new post of vice president of system evaluation. There, he will spearhead testing for CableHome, DOCSIS, Digital Program Insertion (DPI), PacketCable and OpenCable. Previously, he was director of certification for broadband access at CableLabs.
The testing integration applies to the first certification wave of the year, which kicked off Jan. 17.
CableLabs said the decision was in response to a growing number of products that integrate functions from the various CableLabs specifications and projects. Cable modem gateways, for example, use both DOCSIS and CableHome. Set-top makers, meanwhile, are integrating DOCSIS capabilities.
The new group is made up of six unit heads: Mark Meyer, director of interops; Maria Stachelek, director of program management; Mark Guzinski, director of lab facilities; Jesus Lopez, program director of certification for data; Robin Sam Ku, manager of certification for multimedia; and Craig Richardson, manager of certification for video.