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Broadband Briefs for 9/15/08

Mon, 09/15/2008 - 8:00am

Orca Interactive, ruwido demo voco at IBC
By Traci Patterson

Orca Interactive and ruwido, a European manufacturer of infrared products, are demonstrating an interactive TV experience with finger print recognition functionality at IBC 2008 in Amsterdam. The remote control voco – which enables automatic user distinction – provides video service providers and advertisers with the ability to target niche audiences that best reflect individual user interests and needs.

Available over Orca’s IPTV middleware, RiGHTv, and content discovery solution, Compass, voco enables users to create individual TV viewing profiles. Users can take advantage of favorite channels, skins, favorite video-on-demand (VOD), personal video recording (PVR) and optimized, personalized content recommendations.

“As personalization continues to take precedence in the multimedia TV arena, personal recognition technology is representative of the next leap forward in the evolving interactive TV experience,” said Sefy Ariely, vice president of sales and marketing for Orca Interactive. “As a pioneer in IPTV middleware, this advanced functionality complements our content navigation capabilities and also our vision of continuity in the field of innovation.”

Latens intros ECO PC Client at IBC
By Traci Patterson

Latens is introducing release 4.0 of the company’s ECOsystem (ECO) at IBC 2008 in Amsterdam. ECO is a software-secured IPTV service delivery platform that is built on open standards and designed to use DLNA home networking interoperability.

Release 4.0 enables IPTV providers to use consumer PCs as virtual set-top boxes. The ECO PC Client can deliver a television experience on the ‘second-screen’, with electronic program guides, channel numbers, VOD, interactive TV portal applications and DVR functionality.

“The whole home, connected home and personal media concepts will be everywhere at IBC because networked, multi-screen experiences provide the means for network operators to differentiate their services and grow revenues,” said Jeremy Thorp, CEO of Latens. “Consumers want to enjoy their favorite content – including subscription TV, home movies, user-generated content, music and photos – on all their screens at home. We are making this possible by creating a truly secure, open home networking environment.”

TI intros DAC9881
By Traci Patterson

Texas Instruments has introduced a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) – the DAC9881 – which features 18-bit monotonic performance, +/-2 LSB integral nonlinearity (INL) and +/-1 LSB differential nonlinearity (DNL).

"The DAC9881 delivers world-class performance in an easy-to-use, low-power solution that doesn't require additional circuitry, calibration or cost to achieve the highest level of accuracy," said Art George, senior vice president of TI's High-Performance Analog business unit. "The DAC9881 extends our industry-leading DAC portfolio, which supports critical design requirements, such as resolution, speed, power and packaging, to help customers achieve new levels of performance in industrial, audio, medical and communications applications."

The DAC9881 is a single-channel, voltage-output DAC with an on-chip, low-noise output buffer, which reduces the number of external components required, according to the company. The device supports an SPI serial interface capable of operating with input data clock frequencies up to 50 MHz for an interface to DSPs, MCUs and FPGAs. The DAC combines low-power consumption (4 mW at 5 V) and small packaging (QFN-24) to allow higher density board layouts.

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