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September 15, 2004 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

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News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home

People News

Bernard Aboussouan was named VP of Marketing and Business Development at Sequans Communications, a WiMAX fabless semi-conductor company. Aboussouan was previously at BeamReach Networks. ( www.sequans.com )

Ralph Brown, Senior VP of Broadband Access at CableLabs, has added the title of CTO. ( www.cablelabs.com )

Francois Le was appointed VP, Carrier and International Sales, and Mike Bailey was named VP, Operations at Tropos Networks. Le was previously with Aperto Networks and Bailey was at Nishan Systems. ( www.tropos.com )

Dave Davies was promoted to VP Strategic Planning and Development and Jeff Seebeck has become VP of Product Management and Development at Scientific-Atlanta. ( www.sciatl.com )

Shawn Lightfoot has been promoted to VP, Technology at Wi-LAN Inc. ( www.wi-lan.com )

Greg Peters has joined Mediabolic, Inc. as VP of engineering and Richard Bullwinkle has been hired as senior director of product marketing and chief evangelist. Brad Dietrich was promoted to CTO. ( www.mediabolic.com )

Michael J. Pristas was named Senior VP of Business Development for ACcess Broadband. Pristas was previously VP of Utility Solutions with the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative. ( www.accessbroadband.com )

Normand Tremblay has joined Cirpack as Senior Vice President in charge of worldwide sales and business development. Tremblay was previously with Apple Canada. ( www.cirpack.com )

(Please email people@bb-home.com to report a change in your position.)


Company News

--Acquisitions

Cisco is acquiring P-Cube Inc. for about $200 million in cash and options. Separately, Cisco will pay $55 million in cash for Dynamicsoft and assume the vendor's $3.8 million in debt. ( www.cisco.com ) ( www.p-cube.com ) ( www.dynamicsoft.com )

Radvision has agreed to acquire the intellectual property and key developer assets of VisionNex Technologies (Beijing). A number of VisionNex employees will join RADVISION and will form the core of a new RADVISION China office based in Beijing. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ( www.radvision.com )

Yahoo is acquiring digital music software and services provider Musicmatch in a cash deal valued at $160 million. ( www.yahoo.com ) ( www.musicmatch.com )

--Funding

Adaptix, a newly-formed manufacturer of broadband wireless product lines, secured a major round of funding from Baker Capital. Adaptix assets include the OFDMA patent filings and intellectual property of Broadstorm. ( www.adaptix.com )

Airspan has successfully completed a $29.2 Million private placement of preferred stock with Oak Investment Partners XI. ( www.airspan.com )

Speakeasy has received an undisclosed amount of investment from Intel Capital for expanding network endeavors related to WiMAX. ( www.speakeasy.net ) ( www.intel.com/capital )

Vonage, provider of broadband phone service, announced the closing of a $105 million series D financing. ( www.vonage.com )


Other News

ACcess Broadband LLC has been selected as the name for the joint venture formed by Cinergy Broadband, LLC and Current Communications Group, LLC to market broadband over powerline (BPL) technology exclusively to municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives in the US. ( www.accessbroadband.com ) ( www.cinergy.com ) ( www.current.net )

Homeportal, creators of a software-based system for delivery of services to the networked home, has changed its name to Extrada. ( www.homeportal.com ) ( www.extrada.com )

Intel continued its wireless thrust by announcing:

  • a tri-mode 802.11a/b/g wireless module for the Centrino notebook chipset. The new chip is called the PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection.
  • its first chipset with integrated WiMax (code-named Rosedale). The chip is sampling with early customers and will be offered as an option on the Centrino platform by 2006. ( www.intel.com ) ( www.wimaxforum.org )

Microsoft has launched its MSN Music online digital music store. ( www.microsoft.com )

Pace Micro Technology announced PVR2GO, a mobile personal video recorder (PVR) for payTV services. With a 5" widescreen display and a 40 GB hard drive, PVR2GO makes it possible to view conditional access protected digital TV content when and where a subscriber wants. ( www.pacemicro.com )

SBC Communications and EchoStar Communications are reportedly jointly developing a TV set-top box that will allow users to download movies, probably via a third-party movie-download service such as Movielink. The device also will have built-in DVR capabilities. ( www.sbc.com ) ( www.echostar.com )

Tandberg Television launched their High Definition encoding platform for MPEG-4 part 10 (H.264/AVC) and Windows Media 9 Series Advanced Profile at IBC 2004. The solution enables satellite and terrestrial broadcasters, cable operators and telcos to harness the power of the new advanced codecs to achieve real-time delivery of High Definition images at substantially lower bit-rates than MPEG-2. ( www.tandbergtv.com )

Tut Systems provided the most recent results of digital TV subscriber growth at its customer, Hong Kong-based PCCW, with 316,000 subscribers for its Broadband TV service which operates over fiber and DSL. PCCW has signed up approximately 30,000 subscribers per month since launching its digital TV service in September of 2003 and anticipates maintaining that pace through the end of 2004. ( www.tutsys.com ) ( www.pccw.com )

Unwired Australia Pty Limited has launched its wireless broadband service in Sydney, Australia using technology from Navini Networks. Unwired is delivering broadband services to both the Australian wholesale and retail markets. Unwired has targeted Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and other key regions in Australia for service expansion. Australia continues to be one of the leaders in deploying high-speed wireless broadband service. ( www.unwired.com.au ) ( www.navini.com )

--Standards & Alliances

The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) introduced its Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) brand and announced the first nine products that support it. The capability is designed to improve the user experience for audio, video and voice applications over a Wi-Fi wireless connection. WMM offers the packet prioritization component from the upcoming 802.11e QoS standard, allowing packets which contain time-dependent data, such as audio or video, to be sent ahead of data that can wait a few microseconds. The first certified products include kits from Atheros, Broadcom, Cisco, Conexant, Instant802, Intel and Philips.

Separately, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the first round of products that are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ for WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2™). WPA2 builds on WPA, and is designed to provide stronger security protection. Products obtaining the first WPA2 certification included ones from Atheros, Broadcom, Cisco, Instant802 Networks, Intel and Realtek. ( www.wi-fi.org ) ( www.atheros.com ) ( www.broadcom.com ) ( www.cisco.com ) ( www.conexant.com ) ( www.instant802.com ) ( www.intel.com ) ( www.philips.com ) ( www.realtek.com.tw )

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance has posted a new FAQ section (http://www.homeplug.com/news/HomePlug-AV-BPL-FAQ-v2[1].01_FINAL.pdf) on its Web site to answer questions about the upcoming HomePlug AV specification and it new BPL effort. The HomePlug Access BPL Working Group is chartered to create a "Market Requirements Document" including a BPL specification and input into how resources are shared between in-home and access BPL uses of powerline technology. ( www.homeplug.com )