Broadband briefs for 3/14/07

Wed, 03/14/2007 - 6:59am
CED staff

* Artel sheds product lines
Artel Video Systems, a fiber-based solutions provider, sold its image processing and multiport connectivity product lines to Littleton, Mass.-based Shearwater Technology. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

"The sale of our image processing and multiport connectivity products to Shearwater

Technology completes our effort to move exclusively into the video transport for backhaul and contribution hardware market," said Artel President Richard Dellacanonica.

"With this transaction, we can now focus all our resources on supporting the telco, CATV and video service providers that depend on our DigiLink and DV products. This will also free up our engineering resources for continued development of the DL4000 transport system." 

* Thomson to reveal NexGuard at CeBIT, NAB
Thomson, a provider of digital video technology, will unveil its NexGuard forensic marking solution for set-top boxes at the forthcoming CeBIT and NAB confabs.

NexGuard-a streamlined open architecture solution-is a video watermarking technology that works with standard and next-gen compression codecs: MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) and VC-1.
The solution has been integrated into STMicroelectronics' STx7100 family of System-on-Chips (SoC). It will be available to all STB companies, conditional access system (CAS) vendors, and video-on-demand (VOD) and push-VOD operators this summer, the company said.

* JDSU exposes new T-BERD features
JDSU has introduced new features for its T-BERD/MTS-8000 fiber optic test instrument.

The additions include an in-band optical spectrum analyzer (OSA) that tests Agile Optical Network (AON) performance; an enhancement for testing Optical Transport Network (OTN) interfaces, enabling users to turn-up and troubleshoot OTN circuits in the field; and a module for testing Ethernet transported over SONET or SDH (EoS).

The features will be showcased at CeBIT and OFC/NFOEC this year.

* Verizon's FiOS TV hits N.Y. community
Verizon won approval from the Orangetown, N.Y., Board of Trustees for a video franchise in the community.

The vote brings to 29 the total number of New York communities authorizing Verizon's FiOS TV service. As with all local franchise approvals in the state, the agreement is subject to review by the New York State Public Service Commission, the company said.



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