CableLabs® Awards CableCARD™ Qualification to Motorola
Louisville, Colorado, July 31, 2003—CableLabs® has awarded qualified status to Motorola for CableCARDs™, formerly known as point-of-deployment (POD) removable security modules. Motorola joins Scientific-Atlanta as having achieved qualified status for CableCARDs. The CableCARD architecture is a key component of the cable operator-consumer electronics manufacturer �Plug-and-Play� agreement announced in December 2002.
�We congratulate Motorola on this accomplishment. Now, with two of the industry�s major network providers having qualified products, interoperable CableCARDs will be available on nearly all cable systems across the country to cable subscribers,� said CableLabs President and CEO Dr. Richard R. Green.
The CableCARD is a critical element in enabling manufacturers and retailers to engage in retail sale of interoperable navigation devices, such as set-top boxes and integrated digital television sets that enable consumers to identify and select their programming. CableCARDs enable a device to decode encrypted, or scrambled, content delivered from the cable system.
�Timely testing and qualification of Motorola�s product demonstrates that devices covered by the �Plug-and-Play� agreement can be tested and certified,� said Don Dulchinos, CableLabs Vice President of Advanced Platforms and Services and manager of the OpenCable testing program. Additional testing will continue over the next few weeks on other devices that have been submitted for OpenCable testing.
The cable industry, through OpenCable, began working on the next-generation set top in the fall of 1997. Later, the FCC acknowledged OpenCable as the most efficient vehicle by which to accomplish its regulatory objectives. OpenCable took on the technology mission of achieving interoperable, specification-based advanced digital video functionality allowing retail sale of set tops developed by multiple manufacturers.
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