Zoom Grooms D3 Modem for Retail

Motorola's Docsis 3.0 modems will soon have some company on retail shelves after Zoom's model gets blessed by CableLabs

Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor

March 11, 2010

8 Min Read
Zoom Grooms D3 Modem for Retail

Zoom Telephonics has broken through the Docsis 3.0 barrier with a newly CableLabs -certified modem that the company intends to sell at retail and directly to MSOs.

Zoom, the only vendor (so far) to come through Certification Wave 73 with a passing grade, got the stamp for its "5341" model, a standalone wideband cable modem. Powered by Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN) silicon, Zoom's first Docsis 3.0 modem can bond four downstream and four upstream channels -- the baseline configuration required by Docsis 3.0 specs. Some recently certified modem models based on TI and Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) silicon can bond up to eight 6MHz-wide channels, enough to pump out bursts of 320 Mbit/s. (See Broadcom Breaks Docsis 3.0 Barrier and TI's Wideband Breakthrough.)

Zooming To Retail

Zoom hopes to sell the model to MSOs directly, but it also expects to hawk it at retail now that it has the CableLabs OK to do so. Zoom spokesman Terry Manning notes that the company already sells Docsis 2.0 modems at Best Buy, Staples, Fry's Electronics, and Micro Center stores. The new Docsis 3.0 modem is expected to start shipping by the end of April, he says.

Zoom is also the latest vendor to sell Docsis 3.0 modems at retail to customers who'd rather buy the gear on their own and sidestep MSO lease fees. Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), the first to do so, started selling wideband modems at Fry's almost a year ago. At last check, Fry's is selling Moto's SB6120 SURFboard Docsis 3.0 modem for $99.97. DSL Reports notes that Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is selling it for $85.90. MSOs such as Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY), meanwhile, can buy standalone Docsis 3.0 modems in bulk for about $50 per unit these days. (See For Sale: Wideband Gear and Liberty Exec Details D3's 'Sweet' Economics.)

Zoom hasn't disclosed a retail price for its wideband product, but Manning believes it will be in the sub-$100 range.

Boston-based Zoom also makes VoIP gateways, DSL and dialup modems, and Bluetooth gear under the Zoom, Hayes, and Global Village brands.

With Zoom breaking through, here's an updated list of CableLabs-certified/qualified Docsis 3.0 modems and cable modem termination systems (CMTSs):

Table 1: Docsis 3.0-Certified Modems, E-MTAs & Gateways

Vendor

Product

Silicon partner

Cert wave approved

Arris

Touchstone 702G (E-MTA)

TI

58, 59*, 63**, 67****

Arris

WBM750A

TI

59, 63**, 67****

CastleNet

CBC381

Broadcom

71

Cisco

DPC3000

TI

58, 63**, 65***

Cisco

DPQ3202

TI

60, 63**

Cisco

DPC3010

Broadcom

65

Cisco

DPQ3212

N/A

70

D-Link

DCM-301

N/A

70

Hitron

BRG-35503

TI

61, 63**

Juniper

ECM3100-JU

N/A

70

Motorola

SB6120

TI

58, 63**, 67****

Motorola

SBV6220

TI

58, 59*, 63**

Motorola

SBV6120

TI

68

Motorola

SB6180

Broadcom

70

Motorola

SBG6580

N/A

71

Netgear

CMD31T

TI

60, 63**, 65***

Netgear

CVD31XT

TI

64

Netgear

CG3000

Broadcom

70

Netgear

CG3200D

N/A

71

Netgear

CMD31B

Broadcom

71

Netgear

CVD31XB

Broadcom

72

Orient Telecom

ORT3100

TI

64

SerComm

FM301T

TI

63

SMC

SMCD3CM

TI

58, 63**, 65***

SMC

SMCD3G-BIZ

TI

64, 67****

SMC

SMCD3USG (E-MTA)

N/A

71

SMC

SMCD3GN2 (gateway)

TI

72

Thomson/Technicolor

DCM475

Broadcom

65

Thomson/Technicolor

DHG575

Broadcom

65

Thomson/Technicolor

DCW775

Broadcom

70

Thomson/Technicolor

DWG875

Broadcom

72

Ubee Interactive

U10C035

TI

58, 63**, 65***

Ubee Interactive

DDW3600

TI

67

Ubee Interactive

DDM3500

Broadcom

65

Ubee Interactive

DVM3200 (E-MTA)

Broadcom

65

Ubee Interactive

DDW3610

Broadcom

70

Ubee Interactive

DVW3200 (E-MTA)

Broadcom

71

Zoom Telephonics

5341

TI

73





Table 2: Docsis 3.0-Qualified CMTSs

Vendor

Product

Wave qualified

Highest level of 3.0 qualification achieved*

Arris

C4 CMTS

56

Bronze

Casa Systems

C2200 CMTS**

58

Full

Casa Systems

C3200 CMTS

58

Full

Casa Systems

C10200

64

Full

Cisco

uBR10012

56

Bronze

Motorola

BSR64000

58

Bronze





— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Follow him on X and LinkedIn.

Baumgartner also served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013. In between his two stints at Light Reading, he led tech coverage for Multichannel News and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting + Cable. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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