Broadband Briefs for 10/21/09
• Microtune’s Expo demos include tuners, RF products
By Mike Robuck
Microtune will be showcasing advanced silicon tuners, DOCSIS 3.0 technology and RF products at next week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver.
“Cable operators, faced with changing consumer demands and complex business pressures, are driving to the next generation of services and platforms that can provide a connected, interactive and competitive experience for their subscribers,” said James Fontaine, CEO and president of Microtune. “Microtune’s enabling technologies have been at the forefront in bringing new capabilities to the set-top box and cable modem, and in our booth, we will display the RF electronics that are helping to change the consumer device paradigm.”
Microtune’s demonstrations include:
- Scalable DOCSIS- and EuroDOCSIS-certifiable solutions that can be deployed in a wide range of configurations (from 4 x 4 to 8 x 4) to enable low-cost cable modems and multi-service RF gateways
- Cable tuners that are compatible with the MoCA home networking standard
- Tru2way-compliant tuners that meet Residential Network Gateway (RNG) specification requirements
- Multi-standard, low-cost tuners for worldwide VoIP cable modems
- Cable tuners that support DVB-C standards
- A suite of tuners and demodulators supporting digital TV standards
• Phoenix offers battery monitoring innovation
By Brian Santo
Phoenix Broadband Technologies has added to its PowerAgent line of standby power monitoring transponders the ability to make ohmic AC measurements on batteries.
Ohmic measurements are recognized by the IEEE as a best-practice technique for determining when batteries need maintenance or replacement, Phoenix Broadband noted.
In addition to the ohmic measurement capability, the extensions to the PowerAgent transponder line also provides automatic, intelligent charging equalization, which can extend the service life of outside plant batteries by as much as 20 percent, according to the company.
• Double-digit growth seen for FiOS, U-verse
By Brian Santo
Verizon could grow its FiOS TV customer base by 12 percent in the third quarter, exceeding 2.8 million total subscribers. AT&T, meanwhile, might grow its U-verse customer base by as much as 17 percent, adding more than 250,000 new U-verse subs, according to projections from Strategy Analytics.
The firm estimates a total U.S. telco TV market of 4.6 million subscribers at the end of Q3 ’09, and a total of 5.3 million subscribers by year-end. Strategy Analytics has a new report projecting the U.S. IPTV market will grow to 15.5 million subscribers by 2013.
This growth is contingent on the ability of telcos to articulate the value of IPTV, according to Strategy Analytics.
• Sun cutting up to 3,000 jobs as awaits Oracle deal
By Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Sun Microsystems Inc. plans to eliminate up to 3,000 jobs, or 10 percent of its worldwide workforce, as it awaits a takeover by Oracle Corp., a deal being held up by antitrust regulators in Europe.
The layoffs Sun outlined Tuesday in a regulatory filing are the latest in a series of job cuts at the world's No. 4 server maker.
Sun, a dot-com-era star, was banking on the $7.4 billion deal with Oracle as a lifeline after a decade of financial struggles. As delays have mounted, Sun has had to fend for itself, losing ground to rivals, including IBM Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co., which have exploited uncertainty about the deal to poach customers. Sun's losses are mounting, too: It lost $2.2 billion in the last fiscal year, which ended June 30.