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The January 31, 2006 Issue Provided by System Dynamics Inc.
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Heard on the Net

News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home

People News

Roy Chestnutt has been named CEO of Grande Communications. Chestnutt was previously with Sprint-Nextel Corp. ( www.grandecom.com )

Dwight W. Decker, Conexant chairman and chief executive officer, has assumed additional responsibilities as President. ( www.conexant.com )

John Garcia has been named president of the Sprint Nextel Joint-Venture project involving Comcast Corp., Time Warner Inc., Cox Communications Inc. and Advance/Newhouse Communications for rollout of a jointly-branded wireless service for cable customers. ( www.sprint.com )

Bjorn Krylander was appointed CEO of Cambridge Broadband. Krylander was previously with UbiNetics and the Ericsson Group. ( www.cambridgebroadband.com )

Dirk Meyer has been promoted to President and COO at Advanced Micro Devices ( www.amd.com )

Alex Popoff has joined AMD as manager of a group focused on AMD processor interactions with Windows OS. Popoff was previously with Microsoft. ( www.amd.com )


Company News

Acquisitions

AOL has acquired Truveo, a video search startup, for an undisclosed figure. ( www.corp.aol.com ) ( www.truveo.com )

Motorola has acquired pioneering IPTV set top company Kreatel. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ( www.motorola.com ) ( www.kreatel.com )

Qualcomm has acquired wireless chip maker Berkana Wireless for approximately $56 million in cash. ( www.qualcomm.com )( www.berkanawireless.com )

Funding

CopperGate Communications has received $14.5 M in funding, including a portion provided by Motorola Ventures. ( www.coppergate.com )

Entropic Communications received $25 million in round C financing, bringing total investment in the company to $78 million. ( www.entropic.com )

Slingbox announced a $46M funding round from investors including Liberty Media and Echostar. ( www.slingbox.com )

Staccato Communications has raised an $18 million Series C round. ( www.staccatocommunications.com )

TeleCIS Wireless has secured $10M in Series C funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $18.7 million. ( www.telecis.com )

Zensys has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Cisco Systems. ( www.zen-sys.com )


Other News

AOL has disclosed plans for building its own DSL infrastructure in the U.K., using rulings that require local loop unbundling. The network will use ADSL2+ technology, and will begin by putting DSLAMs into about 300 U.K. exchanges, covering approximately 20 percent of U.K. households. ( www.aol.com )

BSkyB is launching its Sky by Broadband movie and sports video download service. The service is service is available free to subscribers of the Sky premium movie or sports channels. It is based on peer-to-peer distribution technology from Kontiki. ( www.sky.com ) ( www.skybybroadband.com )

IPWireless announced a solution that allows mobile 3G operators to leverage existing unused unpaired 3G spectrum and cell site infrastructure to capitalize on the demand for mobile TV and other mobile multimedia. TDtv combines the performance of IPWireless' commercial UMTS TD-CDMA solution and the newly defined 3GPP Release 6 Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Standard (MBMS). Operators have committed to pilot the TDtv solution in the first half of 2006. ( www.ipwireless.com )

picoChip and ArrayComm have forged an alliance, whereby ArrayComm’s Network MIMO™ software will be incorporated into the PHY of picoChip’s wireless solution. picoChip will offer this solution as a software option for adding smart antennas and MIMO to their advanced WiMAX base and subscriber station designs. ( www.picochip.com ) ( www.arraycomm.com )

Sequans Communications announced that they will deliver a system-on-a-chip to LG Electronics for supporting upcoming WiBro launches in South Korea and later Mobile WiMAX services. Both Korea Telecom, which plans a WiBro launch in April, and SK Telecom are LG customers. ( www.sequans.com ) ( www.lge.com ) ( www.kt.co.kr ) ( www.sktelecom.com )

Sling Media has launched SlingPlayer Mobile, to allow users to watch and control their TV service from any wirelessly enabled Windows Mobile smartphone or handheld computer. ( www.slingmedia.com )

Terayon announced a restructuring to focus the company’s strategy solely on its digital video applications as a pure-play video business. ( www.terayon.com )

Yahoo announced Yahoo! Go for PCs, mobile phones and TVs, which lets consumers with a Yahoo account access their customized data onto whichever device they carry. For example, Yahoo! Go services allows consumers to take a photo with their camera phone and instantly view it on their computer, television or mobile phone through Yahoo! Photos. The information will be synchronized through whatever data network they may be using, such as Wi-Fi or cellular. ( go.yahoo.com )

Standards and Alliances

The Mobile DTV Alliance was formed by Intel, Modeo (owned by Crown Castle), Motorola, Nokia and Texas Instruments to encourage open standards for TV broadcasts to mobiles, through common support of DVB-H. The Mobile DTV Alliance said more than 10 DVB-H network trials are under way or have been completed. DVB-H bypasses mobile networks and broadcasts directly to millions of handsets simultaneously. It competes with digital audio broadcast (DAB) technology and Qualcomm's MediaFlo technology. ( www.intel.com ) ( www.modeo.com ) ( www.motorola.com ) ( www.nokia.com ) ( www.ti.com )

The 802.11n Task group voted unanimously to confirm selection of a joint proposal for high throughput wireless local area networks. This proposal will amend and extend the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN standard to incorporate new technologies for increasing the throughput of wireless local area networks up to 600 Mbps. The draft now moves to a March vote in Denver, followed by letter ballots in the summer. ( www.ieee802.org )

The WiMAX Forum announced the first fixed wireless broadband network products and companies to achieve WiMAX Forum Certification. They include Aperto Networks’ PacketMAX 5000 base station, Redline Communications’ RedMAX AN-100U base station, SEQUANS Communications’ SQN2010 SoC base station solution, and Wavesat’s miniMAX customer premise equipment solution. The first round of WiMAX Forum Certified products were developed according to the WiMAX Forum defined certification profile for 3.5 GHz systems. ( www.wimaxforum.org )