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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Set-top gets ITV software

March 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Silicon Valley-based EnReach Technology Inc. integrated its digital TV software on Broadcom Corp.'s set-top box reference platform. The combination blends EnReachTV interactive services, such as Web browsing, e-mail, personal video recording and enhanced TV, with Broadcom's BCM93710 set-top platform, and presumably will reduce manufacturing time and cost-to-market for cable set-top providers.

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Intel drops HomeRF for Wi-Fi

March 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Just as the HomeRF standard for wireless networking was preparing a major upgrade, chipmaker Intel switched its allegiance and will manufacture its networking products to the Wi-Fi standard, a.k.a. 802.11b. Intel uses Wi-Fi as its corporate standard and previously used HomeRF as the home standard. The home wireless networking market is expected to reach $7.

COMDEV sets sites on DSL/cable costs

March 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

COM DEV Wireless, a division of COM DEV International Ltd., just launched the M/ERGY high-speed wireless data system. Hardware and software for the packet-switched data system let service providers provide high-speed wireless Internet access, including full mobility at speeds up to 120 mph and voice-over IP capability, at a lower cost than cable modem or DSL service, the company touts.

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Optical/Corning promote FTTH

March 20, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Optical Solutions Inc. has partnered with Corning Inc. to accelerate acceptance of fiber-to-the-home. Under the agreement, Corning will provide passive optical network (PON) infrastructure components and solutions, while Optical Solutions will reciprocate with FTTH system information. While deploying fiber and optical, the two will combine resources in marketing, training and support to develop...

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FCC pressured on ITV rules

March 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

In something of a quandary about the future of touted-but-tentative interactive TV, the FCC is fending off pressure from consumer groups while taking comments on whether or not to regulate the fledgling service. But by acting now to ensure the future industry stays "open," observers say it could actually prevent development by regulating it too quickly.

Loops key in DSL on POTS

March 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Careful how you manage that DSL loop there. A study from Turnstone Systems Inc. and TeleChoice Inc. shows profitability can founder when carriers deploy DSL to residences over plain old telephone lines, without good loop management. Turnstone's study quantifies the benefits of remote loop management in environments where carriers deploy DSL over POTS lines and claims that carriers can see a pay...

BWIF standards in the offing

March 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Watch for a faction setting standards in wireless Internet equipment. The Broadband Wireless Internet Forum, based in Piscataway, N.J., but with members in Europe, North America and Asia, is taking bids from major tech labs as part of a potential equipment certification program. The plan calls for manufacturers to submit their wireless broadband equipment to the chosen lab, and have the product...

On that note …

March 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cupertino, Calif.-based Vyyo Inc., a provider of fixed wireless broadband systems, is debuting a new broadband access platform for the 3.5 GHz frequency band. The platform combines the company's V3000 wireless hub, V251 wireless modems and 3.5 GHz radio equipment, allowing high-speed, wireless data and voice connectivity over 3.

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SNAP2 uses Java on digital TV

March 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

SNAP2 out of Des Moines plans to demonstrate a Java-powered component to digital TV this week. LivingRoom is a Java application suite built using SNAP2's Gear for DVB-MHP, a HAVi-compliant framework. The company says LivingRoom combines digital broadcast TV, the Internet and resident set-top box applications as a new interactive medium for consumers, letting users customize and access news, mov...

ICC gets $1 M TWC contract

March 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Internet Cable Corp. in West Chester, Pa., picked up a $1 million contract to provide broadband network services for Time Warner Cable in Harlingen, Texas. The work goes to its engineering services division, Cable Systems Technical Services Inc., and will include engineering services support, including network sweeping, for TWC's cable plant.

PayForView.com creates marketing division

March 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

PayForView.com has created Total PayPerView, a subsidiary providing Internet viewers and users with text and video about all pay-per-view TV products available on multiple viewing platforms. The new division will be headed by cable industry veteran Sid Amira. The three-pronged Total PayPerView targets three groups: It's a marketing vehicle for content providers/distribution platforms; an entert...

Trilogy/E-tron wire commercial buildings

March 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Trilogy Communications Inc. will provide up to 1 million feet of coaxial cable and accessories for E-tron Technologies Inc.'s Wireless Utility System, Trilogy reports. Trilogy's AirCell cable will be used in a system E-tron developed for distributing commercial wireless frequencies in buildings, as well as other public facilities.

On that note …(2)

March 19, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Cupertino, Calif.-based Vyyo Inc., a provider of fixed wireless broadband systems, is debuting a new broadband access platform for the 3.5 GHz frequency band. The platform combines the company's V3000 wireless hub, V251 wireless modems and 3.5 GHz radio equipment, allowing high-speed, wireless data and voice connectivity over 3.

Marconi debuts photonics branch

March 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Marconi Optical Components launches today with the release of a line of photonic components for next-generation, high-performance optical networks. With the debut of the new business unit, Marconi aims to blend the pace and energy of a start-up with the credibility and R&D leadership of an established player, Marconi President and CEO David Parker said in a prepared statement.

Lucent spinoff to break last-mile bottleneck

March 18, 2001 7:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Agere Systems, once known as Lucent Technologies' Microelectronics Group, released a line of full-duplex, single-fiber optical transceivers that break the "last-mile bottleneck," the company reports today. The products allow a more cost-effective delivery of analog and digital video, Internet and voice traffic to homes, businesses or curbside distribution point, Agere reports.

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