Docsis 3.0 Gear Tracker

There was jubilation in cable equipment land Friday after CableLabs officially meted out the first-ever Docsis 3.0 certifications to a total of six cable modem models, and awarded "Full" 3.0 qualification status to two cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) -- both from Casa Systems Inc. (See Modems, CMTSs Break Docsis 3.0 Barrier .)

Now that we've got a sizable pool of CableLabs-approved Docsis 3.0 gear, it's high time we provided an updated list of vendors and models that have made it through with passing grades so far. Also, Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN) confirmed today that its chipsets are powering the just-certified cable modems.

Table 1: Docsis 3.0-certified cable modems
Vendor Product Certification Wave approved
Ambit U10C035 58
Arris Touchstone 702G Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter 58
Cisco DPC3000 58
Motorola SB6120 58
Motorola SBV6220 58
Source: The companies and CableLabs.

Table 2: Docsis 3.0-qualified Cable Modem Termination Systems (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
Cisco uBR10012 56 Bronze
Motorola BSR64000 58 Bronze
* The C2200 CMTS won Silver qualification in Wave 56.

Source: The companies and CableLabs.

While vendors are no doubt delighted about getting their modems 3.0-certified for interoperability and retail distribution, cable operators will certainly be pleased to see that two embedded multimedia terminal adapters (E-MTAs), which also support VOIP services, made the grade as well. On that count, Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT)'s two-line SBV6220 made it through, as did the Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) Touchstone 702G (See Arris E-MTA Gets 3.0 Stamp.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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