CableLabs Awards DOCSIS Certification


Louisville, Colo.-Several companies announced last week that they have received Cable Television Laboratories Inc. certification for cable modems or cable-modem-termination systems.

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. said its "PCX1100U" cable modem has won Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification 1.0 certification from CableLabs.

The modem is plug-and-play capable, so high-speed Internet customers can plug the device into a computer's universal-serial-bus port without the need for a separate Ethernet card, the company said.

Toshiba hopes the plug-and-play capability will help to promote retail sales of cable modems. The suggested retail price for the new modem is $269.

And 3Com Corp. said its next-generation enhanced "Total Control 1000" cable-modem-termination systems have received DOCSIS 1.0 qualification from CableLabs. Its standard CMTS system also won CableLabs'nod, according to the company.

MSOs can also upgrade either of the 3Com CMTS systems at their headends for DOCSIS 1.1 compliance.

Broadband Access Systems Inc. also said its "Cuda 12000" Internet-protocol access switch received the DOCSIS qualification from CableLabs.

The company said its IP-access switch would support IP telephony, tiered data services and multicast services. Broadband Access' CMTS supports both DOCSIS 1.0 and 1.1.