CableLabs Streamlines Certification Testing


CableLabs Streamlines Certification Testing

Looking to speed time to market for cable products, CableLabs Inc. will
consolidate its testing program for three projects and lower the testing
charges by as much as 60 percent.

The Louisville, Colo.-cable technology consortium has announced it will
consolidate its Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification, PacketCable and
CableHome testing process in 2003, and create shorter testing processes for
cable modem vendors seeking re-certification.

Essentially, the same mechanism used to oversee DOCSIS testing will now be
applied to PacketCable, the initiative aimed at achieving interoperability of IP
devices linked to cable networks, and CableHome, the home networking
specifications project.

CableLabs also is dropping the price for that testing.

Cost for integrated device testing will fall by as much as 60 percent, while
stand-alone cable modems testing charges will drop about 25 percent.

The cost to test CMTS units will not change.

More good news for vendors is that minor tweaks to their products won't
require a full recertification process.

The new test program calls for three testing certification waves lasting 12
weeks for new entrants, and four certification waves lasting nine weeks for
those who already have certified or qualified products.

At first, these shorter waves will be applied to DOCSIS 1.0 products that
have undergone minor changes.

'Our modem and CMTS suppliers have been asking for fewer waves and more time
between waves in order to allow them to fix problems that they discover during a
certification wave,' said Rouzbeh Yassini, senior executive consultant in charge
of the cable modem and CableHome projects.

'These important changes also will allow our experienced CableLabs team to
give suppliers more support in troubleshooting problems.'