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

PS2 a set-top in console clothing?

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The way Advent Networks and BroadQ see it, Sony Corp.'s Playstation 2 can be used for more than just fun and games. In addition to playing the latest gaming titles, the most popular gaming consoles on Earth can also be leveraged by cable operators as media gateways capable of delivering video-on-demand via codecs such as MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX.

New Broadcom VoIP ICs Maximize POTS CPE

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Broadcom is bringing VoIP to the POTS world with the unveiling of the IC maker's BroadVoice VoIP telephony solution, a modular two-line telephony platform that can deliver high-quality voice over standard POTS-based CPE. Potentially, it's a way for DSL and cable service providers to offer their subscribers a "better than" existing telephone service to their customers, while using much less band...

N2 Broadband localizes VOD

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

As the momentum gains for on-demand content beyond first-run movies, operator VOD packages could soon add more local content like sports and news to the mix with a new product launched today from N2 Broadband. N2's Xport allows operators to encode, package and play local programming through traditional VOD infrastructures.


Pioneer bows wireless gateway

December 3, 2002 7:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Though traditionally a player in digital set top boxes, Pioneer Electronics has joined the crowd in developing a next-generation integrated modem and router gateways device. They're unveiling the BTM-850W Wireless Gateway Modem at the BroadbandPlus show this year-a device that combines a DOCSIS 1.1 cable modem (pending certification), a router-gateway with four-port Ethernet switch, and an 802.

Mag Rack secures LodgeNet deal

December 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Mag Rack, Rainbow Media Holdings ' budding video-on-demand service, has signed an agreement with LodgeNet Entertainment Corp., the world's largest provider of interactive TV services to hotels. A sample of Mag Rack's special interest programming is now available to more than 230,000 guest rooms in nearly 1,200 hotels nationwide, including The Ritz-Carlton, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Starwoo...

Motorola modem hangs ten with DOCSIS 2.0

December 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Motorola Broadband has unveiled the SURFboard SB5100, a cable modem based on CableLabs' advanced DOCSIS 2.0 specification. Powered by silicon from Broadcom Corp., the SB5100 incorporates the advanced physical layer schemes required under the upstream-widening DOCSIS 2.0 specification: A-TDMA and S-CDMA.

Mediacom grooms digital with BigBand

December 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Mediacom Communications Corp. said it is deploying BigBand Networks Inc. 's Broadband Multimedia-Service-Router (BMR) for digital broadcast services in two states. Specifically, Mediacom, which serves about 1.6 million basic cable subs, is using the gear and BigBand's grooming application to gain more control of its digital programming line-ups in eight sites in Georgia and Illinois.

C-COR inks workforce software deal with Insight

December 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

Over the years, broadband gear provider has been growing a tidy operations management software business through a series of acquisitions, and today announced a multi-year contract with Insight Communications for its Mobile Workforce Manager software platform. Insight said it will use C-COR's MWM system in its Lexington and Louisville, Ky.


nCUBE wins Adlink contract

December 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

nCUBE Corp. has inked a multi-million dollar contract with Adlink, the Los Angeles Digital Cable Interconnect, to deploy the vendor's Digital Ad Insertion system. Adlink is currently expanding its digital ad insertion capability with the goal of making the Los Angeles interconnect the first fully Digital Program Insertion (DPI) capable system in the nation.

SupportSoft bows automated home networking installation software

December 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

As cable modem subscribers increasingly install home networks in order to share their broadband connections with multiple PCs, they're often stymied by complex and proprietary gear. SupportSoft Inc. is riding to the rescue with HomeNet, a software application designed to enable broadband service providers to offer subscribers an easy solution for pre-qualifying, installing, configuring and rece...

New Aurora gear doubles upstream bandwidth

December 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

As cable networks continue on an evolutionary path to offer high-speed data and interactive services that require more and more two-way traffic, backbone gear is also trending to widen the return channel to handle the increase in bi-directional traffic as well. That's the impetus behind a new line of dual channel digital return transceivers and receivers announced today from optical transport p...


Arris, Cisco upgrade flagship CMTS models

December 2, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Arris and Cisco Systems Inc. announced upgrades to a number of their respective cable modem termination systems. Arris said it has launched release 3.0 of its flagship Cadant C4 CMTS, adding in enhanced scalability, hardware-based "wire-speed" Layer 3 IP routing performance and integrated "hitless" RF module failover capabilities.

New Motorola platform aims to meet commercial demand

December 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

The market for commercial and enterprise broadband connections continues to loom just beyond the reach of some of today's residential cable networks. And so far, the lure of serving that market has been overshadowed by a lack of competitively priced and smartly integrated access gear to meet that demand.

Conexant unveils DOCSIS 2.0-ready modem chip

December 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Conexant Systems Inc. has released details on the CX24951, a single-chip cable modem based on DOCSIS 2.0, an advanced CableLabs specification that dilates cable's upstream by threefold and mitigates noise. Like other silicon based on DOCSIS 2.0, the CX24951 supports two advanced physical-layer schemes that the specification requires: advanced time division multiple access (A-TDMA) and synchrono...

Aurora Networks product suite targets business-class cable services

December 1, 2002 7:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Optical transport company Aurora Networks has unveiled a new product suite aimed at helping cable operators serve the SOHO and small- to medium-sized business market. The company's new Aurora Ethernet Transport product family offers 1.6 gigabits per second bandwidth per wavelength, which can be extended using dense wavelength division multiplexing.


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