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Motorola gears up for CES

Thu, 01/03/2008 - 8:05am
Mike Robuck

Motorola will be showcasing a host of products at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including its first MPEG-4 set-top box (STB) for the cable industry.

The new STBs, called the DCX series, feature HD video and surround sound audio capabilities, as well as whole-home DVR functionalities, which allow video content to be played out on multiple DVRs in a home with a DCX box serving as the multimedia hub. The DCX will also allow customers to share their own multimedia content across multiple DVRs.

The DCX are hybrid boxes that have both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 technologies, which allows cable operators to transition over to MPEG-4 at their own pace.

"Based on more than 20 years of technology innovation in the video industry, Motorola's DCX product line will allow consumers to enjoy the latest video services at home," said John Burke, SVP and GM for Motorola's Digital Video Solutions group. "The Motorola DCX series brings today's applications to life, with the capacity to host new applications in the future, and enables cable companies to effectively manage the transition from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4."

Motorola will also be showing its next-generation Surfboard SBV5422 Digital Voice Modem and Integrated DECT Cordless Phone System at CES. The system is designed to deliver whole-home telephone and data services over cable's broadband connection to the home. The SBV5422 enables IP telephony, high-speed data and new cordless phone technology that Motorola said can be installed by consumers, which will help cable operators eliminate unnecessary truck rolls.

On the mobile video side, Motorola will introduce its Mobile TV DVBH-compatible DH01 device and mobile TV broadcast portfolio at CES. The lightweight, pocket-sized personal media player lets subscribers watch live TV, on-demand clips and programs saved on a DVR.

Lastly, Motorola has added the CPEi 100 to its portfolio of wireless WiMAX customer premises equipment (CPE). The CPEi 100 is a single data port, 2.5 GHz "plug-and-play" WiMAX device that delivers wireless broadband Internet connectivity. It is designed to sit on a desktop and serve as the interface between a computer and the WiMAX network.

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