The Cisco CCX program is evolving to encompass the ever-expanding needs of our Partners and Customers. Many of the previous features of CCX have been absorbed into the WiFi Standards bodies (WiFi Alliance & IEEE) and Cisco continues to drive innovation in wireless performance, secure access, management, rich media delivery (voice/video) and location based services. The CCX program offers the widest variety of testing and support for various device types, operating systems ¿ across the most relevant media transport layers (802.11, 802.3 (future), 3G/4G,WiMAX/802.16 (future) and (802.15.4)(future).
Consistent with the CCX program of the past, Cisco licenses its leading edge innovation and Intellectual Property (IP) (at no cost) to its partners through Technical Specifications, Software Development Kits (SDK) and Application Programming Interfaces (API). The program enables Partners to enhance the value of their solution offerings to their Customers. A program participant typically manufactures and markets one of the following devices:
- Silicon Suppliers (reference designs)
- WLAN Client Adapters
- Notebooks, Tablets, Rugged Handhelds
- Voice over IP Phones or badges
- Medical Instruments & Devices
- Manufacturing Devices
- Dual mode PDAs or SmartPhones
- Wireless Printers
- Active RFID Tags
- Self-Serve Kiosks
The CCX testing procedure has been streamlined and made modular to reduce testing costs and expedite the certification process. The program participants are required to perform the appropriate interoperability testing on the submitted products. The testing will be conducted at a Cisco approved 3rd party test lab, either AppLabs or Allion, or in certain circumstances, by the partner through self-certification test tools from Cisco. Successful completion of this testing is required to obtain approval from Cisco. Only by passing the designated tests does the device earn the right to be called "Cisco Compatible". For more details on the program please review the program flow chart. "Cisco Compatible" client devices are sold and supported by their manufacturers, not Cisco. For details on Cisco Compatible products refer to the CDN partner search tool.
In Spring 2009, Cisco CCX program will add a go-to-market component to help Partners drive sales of their respective solutions. CCX participants are eligible to join the Cisco Development Network (CDN) marketing program. If your company makes wireless client devices, and you want them to be "Cisco Compatible", join the program now.