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

Adelphia's business arm shares positive news

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The very public trials and tribulations of their parent company notwithstanding, Adelphia Business Solutions is trumpeting some initial success as leader of a program to network Pennsylvania state government offices and agencies. ABS, the business services spin-off of troubled parent Adelphia Communications, leads a consortium of 13 companies in a project to bring high-bandwidth voice, data, In...

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More gear breaks through DOCSIS 1.1 barrier

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Getting through CableLabs with a passing grade for the complex DOCSIS 1.1 specification apparently is becoming old hat. Following certification wave 22, CableLabs said it certified or re-certified eight cable modems and qualified or re-qualified nine cable modem termination systems for DOCSIS 1.1, which underlies cable's IP-based PacketCable platform.

Cogency bows HomePlug wall adapter

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Hoping to spur the powerline home networking sector, Cogency Semiconductor has launched a HomePlug wall adapter reference design with a USB interface. Cogency said it will sell the design and manufacturing kit to consumer electronics companies for about $25,000. Each kit includes all relevant manufacturing support materials, including schematics, bill of materials and layout guideline.

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Pioneer puts pen to paper on PHILA

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Pioneer Cable and Communications Group has added its name to the short list of companies to sign the CableLabs Point of Deployment Host Interface License Agreement. The PHILA agreement gives Pioneer access to Motorola Broadband's proprietary DFAST (Dynamic Feedback Arrangement Scrambling Technique) copy protection technology and configurations to build OpenCable-compliant set-top boxes that int...

MidStream pins hopes on economical, high-density server

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

MidStream Technologies hopes to take video-on- demand to the next level with a new high-density video server designed to push costs below $115 per stream, and perhaps break the $100 barrier in big volumes. The Bellevue, Wash.-based start-up also claims that its 2U-high IP2000 series server also gives more bang for the buck via a sustained throughput of 1.

nCUBE claims victory in VOD patent spat

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

A Delaware District Court jury has unanimously upheld an nCUBE Corp. patent for video-on-demand, ruling that rival vendor SeaChange International "willfully infringed the patent." The jury also ruled that SeaChange must pay nCUBE in excess of $2 million in damages, plus a seven percent royalty on all sales of infringing products after Feb.

Advent, General Bandwidth dial up telephony plans

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Advent Networks and General Bandwidth said they have integrated their respective products as part of a plan to market cable telephony products to cable operators. Specifically, Advent has linked up its proprietary Ultraband system with General Bandwidth's G6 Packet Telephony Migration Platform. Together, the products will provide trunk voice lines over existing HFC for the first time, the comp...

Moloney takes top spot at Motorola Broadband

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Dan Moloney has been named president of Motorola Broadband Communications Sector, replacing company veteran Dave Robinson, who stepped down to pursue CEO-level opportunities elsewhere. An 18-year Motorola veteran (including time at General Instrument before it merged with Motorola in Jan. 2000), Moloney, the senior vice president and general manager of Motorola Broadband's IP Systems Group, wi...

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Broadcom, Microtune trade punches over tuner tech

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Aiming to leverage a recently awarded patent, silicon maker Broadcom Corp. has filed a counterclaim against Microtune Inc., which filed a lawsuit against Broadcom early last year over tuner-on-a-chip technology. Broadcom hopes to include in the case patent No. 6,377,315, which describes a "system and method for providing a low power receiver design.

Xtend trumpets 3 GHz cable overlay

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Israel-based Xtend Networks Inc. is marketing an electronics-laden overlay designed to boost a cable network's capacity by as much as 3 GHz without upgrading the network's infrastructure. The company has already found a supporter in Israeli MSO Golden Channels, which has completed a beta trial of Xtend's technology.

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Turner serves up interactive Wimbledon fare

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Wimbledon, tennis' most regal fortnight, is getting an interactive facelift this year, thanks to a collaboration between Turner Sports Inc. and the All England Lawn & Tennis Club. In addition to the usual coverage on TNT, some viewers are also getting treated to Wink-enabled polls and trivia, a VOD package that touts some classic Wimbledon matches and wireless updates from America Online.

Motorola sells off fix-it unit

June 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Manhattan Digital Corp. (MDC) has inked a deal to purchase Motorola Broadband's Matamoros, Mexico-based set-top and cable modem repair business for an undisclosed sum. MDC said it expects to close the deal for the division, dubbed Ensambladora de Matamoros S.A. de C.V. (EDEMSA), by 2Q 2002.

Loss narrows at Liberate

June 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Liberate Technologies Inc. has posted a narrower year-over-year quarterly loss, which is in line with the Street's expectations. The interactive TV platform provider posted a net loss of $68.5 million, or 64 cents a share, down from a net loss of $79.5 million, or 76 cents a share, in the comparable period a year earlier.

Working group unveils HDMI spec draft

June 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Just two months after forming, the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) group has unveiled a draft of its next-generation digital interface for consumer electronics specification. The HDMI format is a single, high-speed connection designed to carry full-bandwidth digital video and audio from set-top boxes to TV sets.

MeridianTelesis eyes national stage

June 27, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

In less than three years, carrier network-neutral co-location company MeridianTelesis is ready for the national stage. Earlier this month, the company inked a deal with Broadwing to take over operational control of Broadwing's facilities in New York, N.Y.; Dallas; and Santa Clara, Calif. Although financial terms were not disclosed, MeridianTelesis Founder and President David Taffet tells CED Br...

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