SCTE's 2002 Conference on Emerging Technology(10)
Wed, 08/31/2005 - 8:00pm
The Fairmont San Jose San Antonio, TX January 8 - 10, 2002 Show Daily Topics: Customer premise equipment | Deals & orders | Fiber optics | Headend equipment | High speed data equipment | ITV | Network management/ monitoring | Outside plant | People | Powering equipment | Services | Software/customer care products | Telephony | Testing Equipment | Tools | Training | Transmission/ distribution equipment Software / Customer Care Products ADC offers free software trial In yet another wrinkle resulting from the Excite@Home fold up, ADC announced a limited-time free offer for its software package that will allow cable MSOs to migrate away from that service. With the offer, ADC will design, configure and install its FastFlow Broadband Provisioning Manager software for a free 30-day trial. "In a recent effort for Cox Communications," said Dave Paolino, president of ADC's IP Cable Business Unit, "ADC configured 150 distributed servers and had the system ready for nationwide subscriber provisioning in less than a week." The system has also been evaluated and tested by AT&T Broadband. FastFlow BPM is a carrier-class solution for device activation and configuration within DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 1.0/1.1 and PacketCable/EuroPacketCable compliant networks, and also supports multiple ISP selection, ADC officials say. New lab created to test Linux operating system in set-tops The momentum for the Linux operating system continues to grow, as select set-top makers, middleware providers and software and application tool developers work toward a common Linux-based operating environment for next-generation cable set-top boxes. The latest development: three broadband vendors-Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector, Metrowerks and Lineo-announced the planned launch of the Triarc Content Labs to independently develop, test and integrate Linux-based content and applications on Motorola's DCT-5000 line of set-tops. Under the deal, Lineo will supply its Lineo Embedix digital media core, an embedded Linux platform for set-tops that allows advanced interactive digital content, the trio said in a joint statement. Metrowerks will supply a line of CodeWarrior development tools, generally used in the wireless and consumer products industries in the creation of applications and content. The movement for a Linux operating environment has grown considerably in the past year. Back in June, a group called the TV Linux Alliance was formally announced, with the stated intention of developing a standards-based Linux environment for the digital set-top market. Both Motorola and Lineo are founding members of the TV Linux Alliance, which should mean that other members of the alliance may soon have a lab environment to do interoperability testing-a key first step to the development of a standardized Linux-based platform. Whether the development of a Linux platform will advance interactive TV, though, is a question the market will inevitably have to answer.