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The stars seem to be aligning in the CableHome world, as residential gateway silicon and software developers continue to join forces. DOCSIS silicon maker Texas Instruments has partnered up with two residential gateway software package developers–Ashley Laurent and Jungo Software Technologies–which provide residential gateway software platforms based on CableLabs' specification for home networking gear. Both companies will design versions of their respective CableHome-based software platforms to support Texas Instruments' advanced broadband reference designs.

Ashley Laurent will tailor its BroadWay 2.0 CableHome-based software platform to TI's DOCSIS design, adding an integrated system of networking and security modules. Some of those components include stateful firewall, IPSec VPN, content filtering and advanced routing protocols. Broadway 2.0 also adds a managed service fulfillment piece so operators can potentially transition to service bundles and tiered subscriber support.

This is Ashley Laurent's second major agreement with a leading chipset reference design developer in as many weeks. It also has a similar relationship with communications semiconductor company Conexant.

TI will also integrate Jungo's CableHome-based OpenRG residential gateway software with its cable modem/ wireless LAN residential gateway design.

This is the second major chip vendor agreement for Jungo, as well. In addition to TI, Jungo also has joined forces with Conexant for development of a home networking reference design based on the HomePlug powerline networking transmission protocol.

Though TI has extended its CableHome partnerships with two vendors, the differences between the two combinations should be more pronounced as more advanced features are added to the development equation, said Dennis Rauschmayer, director of marketing for TI's cable broadband communications group.

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