Docsis 3.0 Gear Tracker

4:30 PM -- CableLabs recently posted the results of Docsis Certification Wave 67, and there's not exactly much new to write home about.

That's because many of latest Docsis 3.0 approvals were for re-certifications of cable modems and embedded multimedia terminal adapters (E-MTAs). However, the results did reveal a new wideband product from Ubee Interactive (formerly Ambit) -- the DDW3600.

Per usual, the CableLabs posting offers skimpy details about these certified products, but Ubee VP of business development Barry Hardek tells me via email that it's a Docsis 3.0 wireless gateway that supports four bonded channels in each direction (the bare minimum required by the specs), plus built-in 802.11n.

Also important: The product is based on Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN) silicon. Ubee has also won certification for a standalone modem based on the TI platform, along with two that use a Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) chipset that can bond up to eight downstream channels. (See Broadcom Breaks Docsis 3.0 Barrier .)

Newbee from Ubee

In the latest Wave, CableLabs also awarded recerts to the Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) TM702G EMTA and WBM750A modem; the Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) SB6120 modem; and the SMC Networks Inc. SMCD3G Docsis modem gateway. Nothing new on the cable modem termination system (CMTS) front so far, meaning Casa Systems Inc. remains the only supplier to win qualification for a CMTS that can do upstream channel bonding.

In non-Docsis 3.0 news of note, CableLabs did "verify for interoperability" a digital set-top from Pace Micro Technology that uses Docsis 2.0 and the Docsis Set-Top Gateway (DSG), a data and headend signaling path that supplants proprietary methods used by Motorola and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and is a key piece of the tru2way platform. The box in question is the Pace RNG110, a lower-end, all-digital device that's part of Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s next-gen set-top project.

Shifting back to wideband, here's our most updated list of Docsis 3.0 certified and qualified products:

Table 1: Docsis 3.0-Certified Modems and E-MTAs
Vendor Product Silicon partner Cert wave approved
Arris Touchstone 702G Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter TI 58, 59*, 63**, 67****
Arris WBM750A TI 59, 63**, 67****
Cisco DPC3000 TI 58, 63**, 65***
Cisco DPQ3202 TI 60, 63**
Cisco DPC3010 Broadcom 65
Hitron BRG-35503 TI 61, 63**
Motorola SB6120 TI 58, 63**, 67****
Motorola SBV6220 TI 58, 59*, 63**
Netgear CMD31T TI 60, 63**,65***
Netgear CVD31XT TI 64
Orient Telecom ORT3100 TI 64
SerComm Corp. FM301T TI 63
SMC SMCD3CM TI 58, 63**,65***
SMC SMCD3G-BIZ TI 64, 67****
Thomson DCM475 Broadcom 65
Thomson DHG575 Broadcom 65
Ubee Interactive U10C035 TI 58, 63**, 65***
Ubee Interactive DDW3600 TI 67
Ubee Interactive DDM3500 Broadcom 65
Ubee Interactive DVM3200 (EMTA) Broadcom 65
*Device re-certified for Docsis 3.0 and obtained initial PacketCable 1.5 certification in Wave 59.
**Device re-certified for Docsis 3.0 in Wave 63.
***Device re-certified for Docsis 3.0 in Wave 65.
****Device re-certified for Docsis 3.0 in Wave 67.
Source: CableLabs, the companies, and Cable Digital News research.

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
Casa Systems C10200 64 Full
Cisco uBR10012 56 Bronze
Motorola BSR64000 58 Bronze
* CableLabs currently uses a tiered CMTS qualification system, awarding "Bronze," "Silver," and "Full" designations based on the product's supported features.
** Casa's C2200 CMTS won Silver qualification in Wave 56.
Source: The companies, CableLabs, and Cable Digital News research.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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