Cisco unveils IP Services Gateway at CES
Cisco's new IP Services Gateway (model DRG2800), which was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), will allow consumers to connect their set-top and large-screen, flat-panel TVs to their PCs via an Ethernet connection, so that they can watch videos, listen to downloaded music in surround sound and view photos accessed from their PC.
The gateway, which incorporates a 160-gigabyte hard drive and voice/telephone service, can distribute content throughout the rest of the home, as well.
Motorola showcasing at CES
Motorola is showcasing a host of products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), including its first MPEG-4 STB for the cable industry.
Motorola will be showing its next-generation Surfboard SBV5422 Digital Voice Modem and Integrated DECT Cordless Phone System at CES. The system is designed to deliver whole-home telephone and data services over cable's broadband connection to the home. The SBV5422 enables IP telephony, high-speed data and new cordless phone technology that Motorola said can be installed by consumers, which will help cable operators eliminate unnecessary truck rolls.
And Motorola has added the CPEi 100 to its portfolio of wireless WiMAX customer premises equipment (CPE). The CPEi 100 is a single data port, 2.5 GHz "plug-and-play" WiMAX device that delivers wireless broadband Internet connectivity. It is designed to sit on a desktop and serve as the interface between a computer and the WiMAX network.
Broadcom sticks with the connection theme at CES
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Broadcom announced an AVC/MPEG transcoder chip for home gateways and announced customers for its Intensi-fi 802.11n wireless chips.
The two customers for Broadcom's dual-band 802.11n chips are Netgear, which is using the device in its RangeMax Router, and Cisco's Linksys unit, which is using the Broadcom silicon in its Ultra RangePlus Router. The 802.11n version of Wi-Fi, still being worked on, promises maximum data rates of 248 Mbps (extant 802.11g has a theoretical max of 54 Mbps).
Meraki to deploy free Wi-Fi in San Francisco
Meraki Networks will deploy a city-wide wireless access network in San Francisco that will provide free broadband Internet access for every neighborhood by the end of the year.
Meraki's plans are bold considering other large companies, such as EarthLink, saw their Wi-Fi plans flounder last year. Meraki touts its inexpensive routers and backend system that balances the bandwidth demands between the customers and the routers.
"This groundbreaking network in San Francisco will show the world that with Meraki's unique approach to building networks, we can quickly bring broadband Internet access to every city in the world," said Sanjit Biswas, CEO and co-founder of Meraki. "By expanding our San Francisco network, we are creating the largest real-world test network of its kind, where we plan to develop new wireless networking technologies and also test the economics of free, ad-supported Internet access."
Verizon's symmetrical FiOS Internet service reaches businesses
Small- and medium-size businesses can now take advantage of Verizon's symmetrical FiOS Internet service, with speeds of up to 20 Mbps.
Verizon is also offering up to 50 Mbps download (with 20 Mbps upload) "at prices close to those charged by the ordinary service providers for slower, asymmetric access," said David Frendo, director of business voice and broadband services for Verizon.
Verizon has also increased the speed on its fastest business Internet plans and lowered prices by as much as 35 percent.
2Wire intros multi-service home networking server
2Wire has a new home server, aimed at xDSL service providers, that the company claims is the industry's first fully integrated, multi-service connectivity solution. The system incorporates an ADSL or VDSL modem, high-speed router, firewall, integrated VoIP and a flexible home networking configuration.
Other features of the 2Wire platform include automated storage, backup and universal access to all media types, from purchased video to photos, music and user-generated video. Content and services are accessible via a single Web portal, whether at home or away.
Intel's Sodhani resigns from Clearwire board
Clearwire Corp. said that Arvind Sodhani has resigned from the Clearwire board, effective Dec. 23, in order to avoid any conflicts of interest that might arise regarding his position at Intel Corp. Mr. Sodhani is president of Intel Capital and EVP of Intel, and he has been one of the two members of the Clearwire board that are appointed by the chipmaker.
"Intel continues to view WiMAX as a top strategic initiative and looks forward to continuing to support Clearwire to develop, deploy and market a mobile WiMAX service offering in the U.S. over Clearwire's network," Sodhani said. "My resignation is not in any way related to any disagreement with Clearwire's management or the company's operations policies, practices or strategic direction."
Marvell intros 450 Mbps Wi-Fi chip
Marvell said it has a Wi-Fi chip that operates at 450 Mbps. The 802.11n-compliant chip, called Top Dog, is a 3x3 WLAN solution with three spatial streams. Marvell expanded on the proposed Wi-Fi standard with several techniques, including Special Time Block Coding (STBC), which the company explained helps maintain higher throughput over longer distances.
The chip is backward compatible with previous 802.11a, b, g and n versions, according to the company, which expects to begin shipping in volume next quarter.
China tightens regulatory grip on Internet video broadcasts
According to Bloomberg News, the Chinese government is tightening its regulatory grip on media content offered in the country by allowing only state-run Web sites to broadcast video or radio via the Internet.
Beginning Jan. 31, Internet broadcasting license applicants must be government-run entities, and operators will be banned from offering content promoting sex, violence, gambling or religious cults, as well as content divulging state secrets, according to China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.