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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.

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 ...

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...

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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Competition consolidates in Texas

April 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The market for competitive cable and broadband services is heating up in Texas, with the recent news that competitive providers Grande Communications and ClearSource will combine under the Grande name. Grande, which is building a high-speed broadband network in the Central Texas corridor including the markets of Austin, San Antonio and San Marcos, will add a total of 12 ClearSource franchises, ...

Pace, Ucentric team for entertainment

April 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by staff | Comments

Pace Micro Technology and Ucentric Systems are combining their muscle in the digital entertainment market. The companies are teaming to deliver digital entertainment via a wireline or wireless home network. Pace will integrate its digital home gateway technology with Ucentric's media distribution software platform and applications.

BroadJump in on nearly 70 percent of broadband activations

April 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

With ever-tighter bottom lines, cable operators are looking to squeeze as much out of their operations as possible in an effort to control costs. A big part of that movement has been the adoption of customer self-installation technology and the reduction in truck rolls to provision new broadband services, and provisioning software leader BroadJump has been at the center of the transition.

VoIP access gateway marks AudioCodes' entrance to cable

April 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

As cable providers continue on their path toward offering more and more telco-related services-i.e. adding telephony to their service bundle-new players from traditional telecommunications vendors will be looking to cross-pollinate into the cable market. Voice-over-packet technology provider AudioCodes can be counted among them, and the company is announcing a family of media gateways dedicated...

Analysts don't see quick fix for AOL

April 29, 2002 8:00 pm | by Shelley Emling | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Atlanta Constitution The Atlanta Journal and Constitution…04/30/2002 From LexisNexis New York — As AOL Time Warner's stock price continues to slump, falling 3.6 percent Monday, analysts are abuzz over what might light a fire under the share price in the near future. Their conclusion? There isn't anything.

ICTV's last stand: HeadendWare

April 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

ICTV Inc. awakened from its public slumber Monday with the commercial availability of HeadendWare, a software platform designed to deliver iTV services and applications originally tagged for advanced digital set-tops — such as the DCT-5000 — to millions of already-deployed "thin-client" digital boxes.

S-A's Explorer 8000 adds PVR functionality

April 28, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The Explorer 8000 Home Entertainment Server from Scientific-Atlanta is getting smarter by the day, with new functionalities being added to the advanced digital receiver in a variety of applications. Following that evolutionary line, S-A announced the integration of some Personal Video Recorder (PVR) technologies from a couple of software and service vendors.

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