Vidiom Widens OpenCable Product Capabilities


Vidiom Systems Corp. is coming out with products that can better test and integrate with OpenCable Applications Platform devices.

First, the Broomfield, Colo.-based company unveiled “vCert,” a new automated test environment for OCAP devices. The system -- which includes hardware, software and test documentation -- will give hardware manufacturers a way to work out design kinks for products under development and provide cable operators with a means to test OCAP gear before installing it in their networks. An early version will be available in the first quarter, followed by a 1.0 version in the second quarter.

The OCAP specification, created by Cable Television Laboratories Inc., will offer manufacturers and programmers a single unified set-top-box middleware to port various interactive applications.

“We are making it easier for manufacturers and MSOs to test their products by offering an enhanced, turnkey system with advanced features,” Vidiom CEO Timothy Wahlers said.

Meanwhile, Vidiom also announced that it has ported its OCAP middleware to chip giant Broadcom Corp.’s “BCM7038” silicon platform. The two companies are demonstrating the integration this week at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

In the demo, Vidiom will show how its program guide, application launcher and news ticker can run on the BCM7038 chip.