CableLabs OKs First Three Integrated Devices
In an industry first, CableLabs has approved three integrated IP devices that combine the functionality of cable modems, embedded multimedia terminal adapters (e-MTAs) and home networking gateways. The three devices, made respectively by Cisco-Linksys, Thomson and Netgear, all swept the DOCSIS, PacketCable and CableHome spec approvals during the latest equipment testing round earlier this month. The devices, which can handle everything but video signals, look just like ordinary cable modems. CableLabs officials, who have been promoting such integrated devices for a while, have nicknamed them "triple-play" products. In another industry first, CableLabs qualified an embedded cable modem module in its most recent certification wave. ATI, a chipset maker for TV set makers, gained both DOCSIS 1.1 and DOCSIS 2.0 approval of its Cafe 1.0 model. CableLabs officials expect to see more such cable modem modules as electronics manufacturers seek to boost the functionality of their products.