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The November 5, 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

Kenneth "Casey" Keller has been appointed EVP and chief marketing officer at Motorola. Keller was previously chairman and CEO of Heinz Italy. ( www.motorola.com )

Greg Memo has joined Cisco as VP and GM of its Linksys consumer business. Memo was previously senior VP of products and marketing at Gateway. ( www.cisco.com )

Gerard Pearce has been appointed head of North American sales for Entone Technologies. Pearce was previously with Motorola/NextLevel. ( www.entone.com )

William Squadron has joined SES Americom as senior VP, media partnerships and venture investments. Squadron had previously head of IMG Media's Interactive operations in North America. ( www.ses-americom.com )


Company News

Acquisitions

Atheros is acquiring Attansic Technology, a Taiwan-based fabless semiconductor company for $71.5 million in cash and stock. ( www.atheros.com ) ( www.attansic.com )

Conexant Systems has acquired Zarlink Semiconductor's packet switching business for $5 million. ( www.conexant.com ) ( www.zarlink.com )

Liberty Media is selling voting control of OpenTV to Kudelski Group, a co-owner of Nagravision, for $132.3 million. Liberty is expected to pay OpenTV up to $19.7 million. Upon closing, Alan Guggenheim, currently CEO of NagraStar, will become CEO of OpenTV. ( www.libertymedia.com ) ( www.opentv.com ) ( www.nagra.com )

Funding

Aggregator, a vendor of TV-over-broadband (TVoBB) services to the PC, has raised £9 million in series A financing, with participants including Intel Capital. ( www.aggregator.tv )

Colubris Networks, a WLAN switching company, has raised $14 million in new funding. ( www.colubris.com )

MobiTV closed its Series C funding with $30 million and adding two new investors, Adobe Systems Inc. and Hearst Corp. ( www.mobitv.com )

WiSpry, a specialist in tunable Radio Frequency (RF) technology, has raised $13.5 million. ( www.wispry.com )


Other News

Gemtek has announced their new Wireless USB Dongle, which uses Intel's MAC (Media Access Control layer) and Alereon's PHY (Physical Layer), both of which are based on Certified Wireless USB technology from the USB-IF. ( www.gemtek.com.tw ) ( www.intel.com )( www.alereon.com ) ( www.usb.org/developers/wusb )

Sprint Nextel is conducting trials using Qualcomm's MediaFLO mobile TV service. Sprint is branding the trial as "Vue" to distinguish it from their current MobiTV offering. ( www.sprint.com ) ( www.qualcomm.com ) ( www.mediaflo.com )

Texas Instruments announced availability of five new xDSL solutions from its UR8 residential gateway family. They are based on an advanced multimedia gateway processor so that manufacturers can implement multiple types of home networking and features and work over all ADSL and VDSL2 standards. ( www.ti.com )


Regulatory

BPL in the US

The Federal Communications Commission, in a unanimous decision, granted a petition by the United Power Line Council (UPLC) to classify BPL access to the Internet as an information service. It will thus be regulated in the same way as DSL and cable modem broadband offerings. ( www.fcc.gov ) ( www.uplc.utc.org )


Industry Alliances

WirelessHD

LG Electronics, Matsushita (Panasonic), NEC, Samsung Electronics, SiBeam, Sony and Toshiba have formed a special interest group called WirelessHD which is developing a specification for a wireless HD digital interface (WirelessHD™ or WiHD™). It is intended to enable uncompressed high-definition audio video (A/V) streaming and content transmission for consumer electronics devices. The technology works in the unlicensed 60 GHz frequency band and is expected to enable transmission rates of up to 5 gigabits per second at over a distance of several meters. ( www.wirelesshd.org )