SerComm Gets Certified

SerComm Corp. , a Taiwan-based supplier of consumer-side broadband gear, has been Docsis 3.0 certified by CableLabs following Wave 63, CableLabs's most recent grouping of product tests.

Postings on the CableLabs site reveal a busy round of testing that resulted primarily in a big batch of re-certifications of Docsis 3.0 standalone modems and embedded multimedia terminal adapters (E-MTAs) that obtained approvals in previous test waves.

Of the group to win the 3.0 stamp this time, only SerComm made it through with a new cable modem product. Seven other vendors -- Ambit Broadband , Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) (two products), Hitron Technologies Inc. , Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) (two products), Netgear Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) (two products), and SMC Networks Inc. -- all gathered re-certifications. So far, CableLabs has not listed any new Docsis 3.0 qualification cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) results following Wave 63.

With the latest results factored in, here's the latest list of vendors and models to win Docsis 3.0 approvals:

Table 1: Docsis 3.0-Certified Modems and E-MTAs
Vendor Product Certification Wave approved
Ambit U10C035 58, 63**
Arris Touchstone 702G Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter 58, 59*, 63**
Arris WBM750A 59. 63**
Cisco DPC3000 58, 63**
Cisco DPQ3202 60, 63**
Hitron BRG-35503 61, 63**
Motorola SB6120 58, 63**
Motorola SBV6220 58, 59*, 63**
Netgear CMD31T 60, 63**
SerComm Corp. FM301T 63
SMC SMCD3CM 58, 63**
*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
Source: CableLabs and the companies

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
* CableLabs presently uses a tiered CMTS qualification system, awarding "Bronze," "Silver," and "Full" designations based on the product's supported features. That tiered system is expected to sunset in early 2009.
** Casa's C2200 CMTS won Silver qualification in Wave 56.
Source: The companies and CableLabs.

Officials for Taipei, Taiwan-based SerComm were not immediately available Monday to discuss the newly certified product, listed as the "FM301T" on the CableLabs Docsis testing results page. The company appears to be brand new to the cable modem scene, as it has not previously obtained certification for any Docsis products.

SerComm's new modem will join a fairly broad line of IP surveillance cameras, wireless routers and access points, ADSL gateways, and HomePlug adapters. Given SerComm's home networking expertise, it's likely the vendor has developed a Docsis 3.0 modem/gateway that will be targeted to cable operators in Asia, considered a hotbed for Docsis 3.0 or "Wideband" service deployments these days. (See J:COM Does Docsis 3.0 All Over and StarHub Offers 100-Mbit/s.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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