Sunday, April 12, 2009

CableLabs Certifies First PacketCable 2.0 Embedded Devices

Embedded digital voice adaptors (E-DVAs) from Ambit and Thomson are the first such devices to received PacketCable 2.0 certified status from CableLabs. PacketCable 2.0 is a set of specifications aimed at accelerating the convergence of digital voice and multimedia services in consumers' homes. The PacketCable 2.0 core service architecture is based on common standards technologies such as the IP Multimedia System (IMS) and the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).

'This success marks a milestone for our industry's efforts to offer consumers new services," said Tony Werner, CTO and Executive Vice President at Comcast. 'I expect that we will see more advances in multimedia offerings as our industry continues to deliver more choice and convenience to our customers."

'The PacketCable 2.0 architecture represents a major technical advance for the cable industry, providing a flexible platform for service innovation across a wide variety of devices. We congratulate Ambit and Thomson on this milestone accomplishment and look forward to continued momentum for the project," said Ed Miller, Senior Vice President of Broadband Network Services at CableLabs.

In addition to the two E-DVAs, Ambit and Thomson each achieved certification for a PacketCable 1.5 embedded multimedia terminal adapter (E-MTA) that implements DOCSIS 3.0. There also were seven DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems certified from the following manufacturers: Two from Ambit, two from Cisco, and one each from Netgear, SMC, and Thomson. Two DOCSIS 2.0 cable modems were certified, one each from Cisco and Motorola.

The announcement follows a recently completed Certification Wave 65.

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