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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

ICTV adds two to board

March 19, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Interactive TV proponent ICTV (http://www.ictv.com) added two new members — Guy Sucharczuk and Peter Hirshberg — to its board of directors. Sucharczuk is a founder of equipment vendor Aurora Networks and co-inventor on nine of that company's patents. Previously, he was general manager of C-COR.

New technology could define ESPN's future

March 19, 2003 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Copyright 2003 The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times All Rights Reserved Los Angeles Times March 20, 2003 Thursday Home Edition From LexisNexis ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" director Jimmy Moore has spent two decades doing live sports telecasts, but the slow-motion images he viewed this week were unlike anything he'd ever seen.

Report: U.S. tech sector lost 560,000 jobs over two-year period

March 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

It's no secret that the domestic technology sector has been hit hard over the last two years. But a new report assesses the damage and reports some fairly startling numbers. According to AeA (http://www.aeanet.org), a trade association that represents more than 3,000 technology companies, the U.S. high-tech workforce has shrunk by more than 560,000 jobs over a two-year period.

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Time Warner taps Viadux for MTU access

March 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Time Warner Cable (http://www.timewarnercable.com) has teamed up with Viadux (http://www.viadux.com) to offer broadband services to multi-tenant units in the San Diego area. Thus far, the MSO is leveraging the Viadux platform to offer services in three office buildings in the city. Using in-building access concentrators, routers and modules, Viadux's solution enables broadband service providers...

Concurrent and VideoTele.com team on telco VOD

March 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Concurrent Computer Corp. (http://www.ccur.com) remained steadfast in its pursuit of the telco video-on-demand sector Wednesday, this time inking a partnership with VideoTele.com (http://www.videotele.com). VideoTele.com, a subsidiary of Tut Systems (http://www.tutsystems.com), makes a processing platform designed to pump digital TV signals over broadband networks, including those based on DSL,...

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Cisco acquires IP telephony audio company

March 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. (http://www.cisco.com) will acquire privately-held SignalWorks Inc. (http://www.signalworks.com) of Mountain View, Calif., a developer of advanced software that delivers high-performance audio capabilities for IP telephony systems. The acquisition advances Cisco's participation in the fast-growing global IP telephony market, which is expected to increase from approximately $9...

Toshiba, ViXS partner on media center reference design

March 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Toshiba America Electronics Components Inc. (http://www.toshiba.com/taec/) has completed a deal to integrate ViXS Systems Inc.'s (http://www.vixs.com) Xcode chip with a new reference design that targets media center applications. Toshiba said the AVM79R reference design will target digital set-top boxes, media gateways and other CE platforms designed to share rich media via home networking tech...

Study: U.S. FTTH footprint covers 70 communities, 20 states

March 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

It's been slow but steady going, but the number of "optical fiber communities" has risen to 70 in 20 states, the Fiber-to-the-Home Council (http://www.ftthcouncil.org) said, citing new data from research firm Render, Vanderslice and Associates (http://www.rendervanderslice.com). The updated list includes only those communities that are currently providing service to customers, though others are...

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Cox Business Services to open new support center

March 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Cox Business Services (http://www.coxbusiness.com) in New England will be home to a new National Support Center tasked with providing technical assistance to Cox business clients in 19 markets. On March 31, the Cox National Support Center will debut, making New England the hub for troubleshooting and technical assistance for commercial customers during non-standard business hours, holidays and ...

Crawford taps MassChannel for cable origination

March 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Atlanta-based Crawford Communications (http://www.crawford.com) has deployed a low-cost cable network origination service based on Masstech Group Inc.'s (http://www.masstechgroup.com) "MassChannel" platform. MassChannel, designed as a "channel in a box," enables cable network operators to launch channels at lower costs than those based on traditional server/automation systems.

Cablevision revamps Optimum Online feature set

March 18, 2003 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. (http://www.cablevision.com) is taking the wraps off several new features that are being added to its Optimum Online service, the company's residential high-speed Internet product. The new features will bring new Web activities and resources to OptOnline.net, the online gateway for Optimum Online customers.

Narad restructuring results in 40 percent layoff

March 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Citing slower-than-anticipated adoption of its technology by cable MSOs last year, Narad Networks Inc. has moved ahead on a restructuring plan that will result in the laying off of about 40 percent of its workforce. Narad, whose technology helps cable operators offer services to medium-sized businesses over their existing HFC networks, will employ about 50 workers following the layoff.

Conexant bows home networking silicon family

March 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Conexant Systems Inc. has launched a family of home networking processors for a new breed of broadband gateways and wide area network access applications. Conexant said its new CX8611x family of home networking silicon supports various protocols, including HomePNA, HomePlug and the different a, b and g flavors of 802.

Concurrent lowers VOD revenue guidance

March 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Concurrent Computer Corp. lowered its third-quarter VOD revenue forecast to between $7.5 million and $9.5 million. Concurrent originally anticipated VOD revenues of between $12 million and $14 million. Concurrent attributed the lower guidance to "order timing issues" and ongoing capital spending by operators and integration and implementation issues.

New SCTE standard more than symbolic

March 17, 2003 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has approved a new standard designed to provide common graphic symbols for use on cable system plant maps. The standard, entitled Graphic Symbols for Cable Telecommunications Part 1-HFC Symbols (SCTE 87-1 2003), was developed by the SCTE's Construction and Maintenance Subcommittee.

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