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

Sunflower taps 'Ultraband' to serve tech center

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

Sunflower Broadband said it will deploy Advent Networks' proprietary "Ultraband" platform as part of a plan to serve small- and medium-sized business subscribers at the University of Kansas' Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC), where engineering students routinely evaluate new technologies.

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Cisco boosts IP/Ethernet portfolio via acquisitions

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. said it will augment its IP aggregation portfolio via the acquisition of two privately held companies: Billerica, Mass.-based Hammerhead Networks and Plano, Texas-based Navarro Networks. Cisco, which will snap up both companies in stock deals valued at a combined $258 million, said the fusion with Hammerhead will enhance its IP broadband aggregation repertoire with software d...

Movie man Cameron could boost MPEG-4

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

If MPEG-4 needed a big name to help it build some momentum against its proprietary competition, it's got one now. Academy Award winning director James Cameron has joined forces with software start-up iVAST Inc. to develop a slate of MPEG-4-based interactive programming. Specifically, Cameron will leverage iVAST's MPEG-4 platform and services for his EarthShipTV video entertainment channel.

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802.11x extends market reach

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

With the Bluetooth wireless protocol failing to live up to expectations in the wireless networking world, competing wireless technologies on the 802.11x platform continue their rapid growth into new markets across the globe. In April, Royal Philips Electronics announced the first 802.11a WLAN solution to receive the CE Mark for the European Union market.

CableLabs greenlights more DOCSIS 1.1 gear

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

CableLabs said it certified a record 12 DOCSIS 1.1 cable modems and embedded multimedia terminal adapters, and qualified and re-qualified a total of three cable modem termination systems following the completion of wave 21. CableLabs says it awarded the coveted DOCSIS 1.1 stamp to cable modems from Accton, Arris, Askey, Conexant, Quanta, Samsung, Scientific-Atlanta, Tellabs, Terayon, Thomson a...

e-BOX paints an MPEG-4 future

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

Seven high-profile companies have pooled their products to form e-BOX Corp., a Tokyo, Japan-based venture that will supply North American and Asia Pacific operators with a digital cable platform based on MPEG-4 technology. Pushing e-BOX Corp. along is Comcast Corp., which is advising the new venture and will conduct trials based on its MPEG-4 delivery system.

Scientists envision A.I. for set-tops

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

A team of BIAP Systems scientists outside of Washington, D.C., working on intelligent agent technology for the company's government projects, shrunk the resulting software's footprint and adapted the technology for set-top boxes. The result is software that sends intelligent agents –feelers that go out onto the Web and retrieve specific information they've been told to seek–from se...

Powell asks for digital volunteers

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell in early April issued a plan that aims to goose the digital-television migration. Noting that the plan is "voluntary," Powell suggested that ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and pay nets HBO and Showtime could populate at least 50 percent of their primetime schedule with HD programming or other "value-added" digital television programming during the ...

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Conexant chip integrates cable modem and MPEG decoder

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

Conexant Systems has launched the CX24430, a set-top box chip that combines a cable modem and an MPEG decoder for interactive cable applications. In addition to digital set-tops, the chip could also be deployed in broadband home gateways and other advanced interactive cable devices. The full function CX24430 targets the worldwide cable market and goes for $37 per unit in volume.

BigBand reaches digital milestone

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

BigBand Networks Inc. said its Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR) now serves more than 500,000 digital cable subscribers in North America, thanks in part to deployment deals with Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Blue Ridge Communications and Canadian MSO Rogers Cable. BigBand, which is working with other undisclosed operators, said it reached that milestone less than six months af...

Motorola, N2 forge content delivery system

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

Aiming to tap existing bandwidth to create a more efficient platform for on-demand content transport, Motorola Broadband Communications Sector and N2 Broadband have unveiled a new satellite-based digital asset management and delivery system. Under terms of the agreement, the system melds N2 Broadband's MediaPath digital asset management platform with Motorola's DigiCipher II uplink systems and...

RCN customers to get faster dial-up

April 30, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

While not every Internet customer is interested in broadband service, most would likely be interested in faster dial-up service. For many customers of competitive provider RCN Corp., they now have the option of using newer, faster V.92 modem technology. The new standards-based service takes dial-up to a whole new level — enabling faster connections, quicker downloads and the ability to re...

Comcast gains on Q1 revenue

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

Shares of Comcast Corp. were up 7 percent in mid-day trading action, following news that the MSO topped Wall Street's revenue estimates in the first quarter. Analysts' consensus estimates called for revenue of $2.58 billion, but Comcast pushed passed those estimates, reporting $2.67 billion for the first quarter 2002.

Digeo and Moxi merge to energize set-top software

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

Digeo Inc. emerged last month as the suitor of Moxi Digital Inc., creating an entity that aims to change the face of set-top box software. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the combined company will assume the Digeo moniker. The merger will tweak at least two key executive positions. Rita Brogley, the current CEO of Moxi, will become Digeo's vice president of business development and ma...

Jedai assembles executive team

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

Jedai Broadband Networks said it has fleshed out its executive team as the start-up prepares for future product deployments designed to extend cable plant into the business sector for high-speed data and voice services. Leading the way is Jedai's new President and CEO Michael Pritz, the former vice president of marketing and product management at Clarent Corp.

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