Broadband Briefs for 06/16/09

Tue, 06/16/2009 - 8:00am

Customers can now set CorWave power outputs
By Brian Santo

Arris now has available a variable output feature to its 1 GHz CHP CorWave Forward Transmitter, which allows customers to configure output power (via GUI software); typically power is factory set. Arris claims the feature is unique.

The capability provides MSOs with flexibility when finalizing link budgets within their network architectures, and saves on sparing costs, Arris said. CorWave is an extension of Arris’ multi-wavelength optics solutions.

Additionally, Arris has introduced a 1 GHz CorWave DXL (dual input, full-bandwidth) forward transmitter that extends analog linearization out to 870 MHz. The CorWave DXL provides better distortion performance, allowing operators using global channel plans to add incremental bandwidth capacity on as few as one fiber, and can be monitored by the CorView Element Management system.

CNS picks Harmonic for digital headend upgrade
By Mike Robuck

China Network Systems (CNS), which is one of Taiwan’s largest cable video providers with more than 1 million subscribers, has selected gear from Harmonic for its digital cable headend upgrade.

Harmonic said the upgrade to an MPEG-4 AVC, or H.264, network will allow CNS to substantially expand the amount of high-definition and standard-definition channels that it can offer. Once the upgrade is finished, CNS will add 10 HD and 112 SD channels later this year to subscribers in Taipei and other highly populated areas in northern and southern Taiwan.

The range of Harmonic technologies selected by CNS for the project included: DiviCom Electra 7000 HD and Electra 5400 SD encoders, ProStream 1000 stream processors with DiviTrackIP distributed statistical multiplexing, Broadcast NSG 9000 edge QAMs and the NMX Digital Service Manager. CNS also uses Harmonic’s HFC transmission offerings in its cable network. HwaCom Systems Inc., a Harmonic reseller in Taiwan, is providing local support and technical integration services for the upgrade.

Emulex: Broadcom offer 'grossly inadequate'
By Traci Patterson

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) – Emulex Corp. said Monday it is mailing a letter to shareholders reiterating its opposition to a takeover bid by rival network gear maker Broadcom Corp.

"The offer significantly undervalues Emulex's long-term prospects and is grossly inadequate," the letter says.

Broadcom, based in Irvine, Calif., is offering $9.25 per share, or $764 million, an offer Emulex says fails to include the value of unannounced products that won't immediately contribute to revenue. Broadcom is asking Emulex for more details on the nonpublic information and signaled last week that it might be willing to raise its offer.

More Broadband Direct 06/16/09:
•  Clearwire turns Atlanta on to WiMAX
•  AT&T enhances U-verse services
•  Concurrent releases new data collection platform
•  FairPoint names Hauser CEO
•  Nielsen Co., Digimarc form new joint ventures
•  U.K. plans universal access to high-speed Internet
•  Study: Streaming media a growing cash cow
•  Best Buy Q1 profit drops 15%, tops forecasts
•  Broadband Briefs for 06/16/09




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