CableLabs® Expands Lab To Assist DOCSIS®, PacketCable™ and CableHome™ Suppliers With Product Development
Louisville, Colorado, April 27, 2004—CableLabs® has expanded its development laboratory facilities in order to accelerate product development for devices that are intended to interoperate under the CableLabs DOCSIS®, PacketCable™ and CableHome™ specifications. This will ultimately benefit CableLabs member companies with higher product quality.
Creation of a larger, more diverse development lab was enabled by CableLabs� recent move into larger facilities. The OpenCable™ initiative has provided development lab space containing a selection of specialized support equipment to manufacturers since last year. The development lab will be expanded to support the CableHome™ and DOCSIS® programs. Support for the PacketCable™ program is planned for June.
The development lab concept is one that has been successful in support of CE Manufacturers that have worked aggressively to develop and to advance products intended to interoperate under the OpenCable and Plug-and-Play specifications. �CableLabs provided Hitachi with access to the various headend and conditional access systems deployed across the U.S., all in one location with on-site support for testing and verification of our digital cable ready receiver. Hitachi could not have met our development schedules without the centralized facilities and support staff provided by CableLabs,� said Kengo Ohashi, Vice President, Design, Hitachi Home Electronics.
Feedback from manufacturers using the development lab also will help CableLabs pinpoint areas where its specifications may need updating.
�The manufacturing community developing DOCSIS, PacketCable, and CableHome products have been asking for this kind of support from CableLabs for some time,� said Ralph Brown, Senior Vice President of Broadband Access at CableLabs. �Now we will be able to expand the development lab and meet the demand coming to us from manufacturers.� Lab uses may include identifying and resolving bugs, interoperability testing, new product development, and troubleshooting.
Even with its new 77,000 square foot building, laboratory space at CableLabs is limited and suppliers who wish to use this development area must reserve space in advance. Information and details on that process are available at www.cablelabs.com/certqual, and then under CableLabs Development Lab.
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