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CableLabs Integrates Testing

Cable Television Laboratories Inc. has established a System Evaluation Group, which will aggregate the organization's testing resources into one department.

The SEG is now responsible for certification, qualification and verification testing across all products in all projects. It follows the growing integration trends for devices across various cable initiatives, including Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification-enabled set-top boxes and residential gateways with CableHome, DOCSIS and PacketCable capabilities.

“Moving to an integrated test program puts CableLabs on the path that we are walking with integrated devices coming from the manufacturers,” said Dave Fellows, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Comcast Corp. and chairman of the CableLabs Technical Advisory Committee, in a prepared statement.

“This will make for a more natural fit for our industry’s very important certification and qualification programs,” Fellows added.

SEG will be headed by Craig Chamberlain, who was promoted to VP of system evaluation. He'll be responsible for testing across CableHome, DOCSIS, Digital Program Insertion, PacketCable and OpenCable initiatives.

The group will have six unit heads: Mark Meyer, director of interops; Maria Stachelek, director of program management; Mark Guzinski, director of lab facilities; Jesus Lopez, program director of certification for data; Robin Sam Ku, manager of certification for multimedia; and Craig Richardson, manager of certification for video.