Broadband Briefs for 1/03/08
* Cox promotes McGuire
By Traci Patterson
Cox Communications has promoted Mark McGuire to VP of solutions delivery. He will oversee the teams supporting customer care and field services, engineering, billing, administration systems and the enterprise data warehouse.
McGuire joined Cox in 2001 as director of enterprise applications. Prior to joining Cox, he served as the CTO for MetalSpectrum.com. Most recently, he served as the executive director of Enterprise Applications at Cox.
* SCTE names Haigh Young Engineer of the Year
By Traci Patterson
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has named David Haigh as the 2008 Young Engineer of the Year Award recipient. Haigh, 33, is a senior RF engineer for Midcontinent Communications. He will receive $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to the SCTE Conference on Emerging Technologies (ET) 2008 in Los Angeles, set for Jan. 14-16, where the award will be presented.
The annual award recognizes an engineering professional under the age of 35 who has demonstrated outstanding achievement within the cable telecommunications industry, the SCTE said.
* APA Cables & Networks renamed Clearfield
By Brian Santo
APA Enterprises has combined its several operating units, among them APA Cables & Networks, and given the integrated group a single new name: Clearfield. The company offers fiber optic, optoelectronic and laser products. The new structure eliminates administrative redundancies, streamlines management functions and clarifies the operational focus of the organization.
* Broadcom bows new single-chip format for satellite STBs
By Mike Robuck
Today, Broadcom unveiled a single-chip, multi-format HD satellite set-top box (STB) technology that enables manufacturers to develop low-cost satellite STBs with personal video recorder (PVR) functionality.
The new Broadcom satellite system-on-a-chip (SoC) is manufactured in 65 nanometer (nm) process technology and features a dual tuner/demodulator and the latest generation of advanced video coding (AVC) decoder that supports multiple video formats. By reducing the number of components required to develop satellite STB products, Broadcom said it had reduced power consumption by more than 50 percent compared with competing devices.
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