Toshiba Wireless Cable Modem Gateway Earns DOCSIS, Wi-Fi and WHQL Certifications.Business Editors & High-Tech Writers
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 26, 2002
Triple Certification of Toshiba's 802.11b-Enabled Modem Gives Toshiba Critical Green Light to Successfully Market Its Newest Product
Toshiba America Information Systems, Network Products Division (NPD NPD New Product Development
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NPD Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands ) today announced that its PCX (1) A bitmapped graphics file format that handles monochrome, 2-bit, 4-bit, 8-bit and 24-bit color and uses RLE to achieve compression ratios of approximately 1.1:1 to 1.5:1. Images with large blocks of solid colors compress best under the RLE method. See PC Paintbrush. 5000 DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) A cable modem standard from the CableLabs research consortium (www.cablelabs.com), which provides equipment certification for interoperability. Wireless Cable Modem Gateway is awarded CableLabs(R) Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (communications, networking) Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification - (DOCSIS) ITU-approved interface requirements for cable modems involved in high-speed data distribution over a cable television network. (DOCSIS) Certified(TM) status, Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) A Microsoft facility that provides testing services for hardware and drivers for compliance with its operating systems. WHQL administers various logos that compliant vendors may reprint on their packages. ) compatibility and Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance's (WECA See Wi-Fi Alliance. ) Wi-Fi(TM) certification.
The PCX5000 represents the only device in its class to include a cable modem, wireless router and Internet security technology based on Check Point Software Technologies' (Nasdaq:CHKP CHKP Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (stock abbreviation, AMEX) ) market-leading VPN-1(R)/FireWall-1(R) solution.
The PCX5000 Wireless Cable Modem Gateway is Toshiba NPD's first home networking solution and will be marketed through both multiple systems operators (MSO (1) (Multiple System Operator) Typically refers to a cable TV organization that owns more than one cable system, but it may refer to an operator of only one system. ) and retail channels. It includes both wired and wireless networking features, with four 10/100 ports and an 802.11b wireless interface. The unit offers Safe@ security software developed by SofaWare, a Check Point company, and provides Internet security protection to home networking users based on Check Point's enterprise-class and industry standard Stateful Inspection technology.
"Toshiba is setting a new bar by bringing a professional quality firewall to the home user in a versatile Wi-Fi router appliance," said security expert and author, Paul E. Proctor, president of Practical Security Inc. and author of The Secured Enterprise: Protecting Your Information Assets. "The Check Point Stateful Inspection technology is one of the most widely accepted commercial-grade firewall technologies in the market. Now home users will have the same protection large enterprises have enjoyed for years."
The PCX5000 will bear three logos on its packaging to assure Toshiba customers -- MSOs, resellers and consumers -- that the unit meets with stringent standards for compatibility and quality, as established by CableLabs, WECA and Microsoft.
The DOCSIS certification informs Toshiba's customers that the PCX5000 Wireless Cable Modem Gateway meets with CableLabs' specifications and guarantees the modem's interoperability with qualified cable system headends. The WECA certification ensures that Toshiba's gateway is compatible and interoperable under the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, www.ieee.org) A membership organization that includes engineers, scientists and students in electronics and allied fields. 802.11b standard. Microsoft's WHQL stamp gives assurance that the unit is compatible with Microsoft operating systems The following is a list of Microsoft operating systems. For the codenames that Microsoft gave their operating systems, see Microsoft codenames. Before Windows
Toshiba NPD says the certifications enable the electronics manufacturer to move more quickly on a general release of its newest cable modem product.
"The certification of the PCX5000 Wireless Cable Modem Gateway by CableLabs, WECA and WHQL means we can now move forward in bringing this exciting product to market," said Fred Berry, vice president, general manager for Toshiba America Information Systems, Network Products Division. "The PCX5000 will have great impact on the cable broadband market by enabling MSOs to offer home-networking services to their broadband subscribers. We believe that this product represents the next generation in home gateways."
Toshiba plans to make the PCX5000 Wireless Cable Modem Gateway available through the retail channel and MSOs in late October 2002.
About Toshiba America Information Systems
Toshiba America Information Systems, Network Products Division is a market leader for cable modem sales in North America. The division markets a range of communications and networking products, including the PCX DOCSIS Cable Modem, which offers the highest performance in cable data modem technology in the industry. Utilizing the same hybrid fiber coax (networking) Hybrid Fiber Coax - (HFC) A kind of physical connection used in networks for audio, video, and data. DVB (Digital Video Broadcast) is used in Europe and DOCSIS is used in N America. interface as cable television, the DOCSIS modem provides residential and small business users with a faster, more powerful two-way interface to the Internet. Toshiba cable modems are currently sold directly to consumers through e-commerce and nationwide retail outlets, and to multiple system operators (MSOs) including Time-Warner, Cox Communications, Comcast and others. Toshiba Network Products Division is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and is an independent operating company operating company
A business that engages in transactions with outsiders. owned by Toshiba America Inc., a subsidiary of the $50 billion Toshiba Corp., the eighth largest computer and electronics company in the world. More information can be found on the Web at internet.toshiba.com.