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

Fixed wireless to bridge fiber gap

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Fixed wireless technology could be the Holy Grail, according to a new report. The high-speed service offering is well suited to bridge the gap between the fiber backbone and end users, but there are limitations. The problem facing this growing industry is that roof space is at a premium, and there are a limited number of buildings that can be used as wireless access points.

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Cable Center introduces Third Millennium Fund

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

The Cable Center announced the launch last month of the Third Millennium Fund, an ongoing fundraising campaign designed to provide resources for a variety of key initiatives operated through The Center. Donations of $100 to the Third Millennium Fund entitle the donor to one share in the fund, and there is no limit to the number of shares that may be acquired through donations.

DTTV prepares for growth

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Television broadcasting has already begun the most difficult and comprehensive transition in its history–converting from analog to digital. The nascent digital terrestrial television (DTTV) market, whose signals were only received by 1.3 million households at the end of 2000, will experience an annual growth rate of 100 percent, totaling more than 87 million households worldwide by 2006.

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TI introduces new DSL technology

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced a new family of high-speed line-driver and receiver systems designed for CPE modems used in ADSL broadband communications. The products are designed to decrease the noise floor of the downstream signal, leading to improved data rates and wider service area for ADSL modem deployments, according to the company.

LSI Logic buying C-Cube

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

LSI Logic Corp. will acquire C-Cube Microsystems Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at $878 million. Under terms of the transaction announced in March, each outstanding share of C-Cube common stock will be exchanged for 0.79 of a share of LSI Logic common stock. The deal should be completed by June, according to LSI Logic.

Concurrent and Pace team up to provide VOD, interactive digital video

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Concurrent Computer Corp. and Pace Micro Technology plc recently announced a strategic partnership which promotes the integration of the two companies' technologies for the deployment of video-on-demand (VOD) and interactive digital video solutions worldwide. Concurrent's MediaHawk Broadband VOD systems have been integrated with Pace Micro Technology digital home gateways to support a variety o...

ViaGate launches test to deliver TV over telephone lines

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

ViaGate Technologies announced last month the successful launch of a telephone company field trial which delivers broadcast television, Internet access and telephony service to business and residential subscribers in Tennessee over twisted pair copper wire. The test is being conducted with customers of the DeKalb Telephone Cooperative, located in Alexandria, Tenn.

ReplayTV supplies DVR to Motorola set-tops

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

ReplayTV Inc. will be a primary provider of core DVR software in Motorola Inc.'s new personal TV platform. Under a long-term licensing agreement, ReplayTV's DVR technology will be integrated into Motorola's digital cable set-tops, slated for a late 2001 release. The agreement allows the two to take a combined set-top terminal and personal TV product to market, says Motorola DigiCable's VP and G...

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Major cablers fund @Security venture

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Home security provider @Security Broadband Corp. landed $45 million in its second round of financing from multiple investors, including seven major cable companies. Financing for the nearly year-old company, whose security systems operate over the Web, included funds from Cox Communications, Adelphia Communications, Charter Communications, Shaw Communications, Comcast and Cablevision Systems.

TRW launches fiber optic supplier

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

TRW launched Velocium, a new provider of high-speed InP and GaAs components, and other products for fiber optic and wireless telecom systems. The company invested more than $300 million in taking semiconductor capabilities to market, and committed $70 million more for InP manufacturing capacity expansion and product development.

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Nortel to resell Optibase media gateways

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Nortel Networks agreed to purchase and resell the MGW product line from Optibase, including its MGW-2000 media gateway. The media gateway is multichannel and allows real-time streaming of MPEG digital video and audio over IP networks. It has an embedded operating system and can encode and transmit up to 16 streams simultaneously, including six in real time, Optibase reports.

Study touts global DWDM growth

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

A new study may bolster hopes for a carrier-supplier rebound. DWDM, SONET, and Photonics: The Emerging All-Optical Network 2001–2006 from Insight Research says global fiber optic demand will eventually force carriers "back into the arms of their fiber optic equipment suppliers and drive the worldwide fiber optic equipment market from just under $30 billion this year to over $70 billion by...

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Survey cites broadband user wish list

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Anne Kerven | Comments

Broadband users most want virus protection (68 percent) and firewall applications (67 percent), followed distantly by Internet telephony, instant messaging and streaming audio (46 percent to 50 percent), according to a study commissioned by BroadJump Inc. and conducted by Boston Research Group. The study polled 1,000 residential Internet users — 600 who use such broadband as DSL, cable an...

S-A gives PowerTV booster shot

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Scientific-Atlanta (S-A) has purchased all of the outstanding shares of PowerTV not already owned by S-A. Due to the absence of a public market for PowerTV shares under current market conditions, a tender offer was made to provide liquidity to PowerTV employees and other PowerTV shareholders. S-A currently holds approximately 85 percent of the outstanding shares of PowerTV (more than 81.

Research identifies market for connected home

April 30, 2001 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Internet Home Alliance, a non-profit association of high-tech consumer companies formed to enhance consumers' understanding and adoption of the Internet lifestyle, recently announced the results of a custom survey that addressed consumers' attitudes toward connected homes. Results of the survey reveal 42 percent of U.

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