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July 29, 2007 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

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News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home


People News

Daniel Artusi joined Conexant as President and CEO. Artusi's previous experience includes ColdWatt, Silicon Laboratories and 24 years with Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector. ( www.conexant.com )

John Burbank joined AOL as chief marketing officer. Burbank was previously VP of marketing at AT&T. ( www.aol.com )

David Feldman has been named CTO of Vyyo. He was previously with Advanced Micro Devices. ( www.vyyo.com )

Gary Gibbs has been appointed VP of Channel Development at Sigma Systems. ( www.sigma-systems.com )

Rolla P. Huff was named President and CEO of EarthLink. He was previously with Mpower Communications. ( www.earthlink.com )

Dick Lynch has been appointed EVP and CTO for all of Verizon Communications. Lynch was formerly CTO of Verizon Wireless. ( www.verizon.com )

Christine Munson has joined ICTV as CFO. Christine was previously VP Finance for MarketTools, Inc. ( www.ictv.com )

Balan Nair has been named senior VP and CTO at Liberty Global. He was previously executive VP and CTO at AOL. ( www.libertyglobal.com )

Bill Noll has been named EVP of Technology at Actiontec Electronics. He was previously with Westell Technologies. ( www.actiontec.com )

Al Nuñez has been named President of the Americas at Tandberg Television. ( www.tandbergtv.com )

John O’Hara was named EVP, Engineering at Cedar Point Communications. Previously he was a consultant for sentitO Networks. ( www.cedarpointcom.com )

Jeff Orr has joined The Walt Disney Company as Sr. Project Engineer with the corporate New Technology and New Media group. He was previously Director of Marketing at the WiMAX Forum. ( www.waltdisney.com )

Sprint Nextel announced the following changes related to the Sprint/MSO joint venture: Keith Cowan was named president of strategic planning and corporate initiatives; John Garcia becomes Senior VP of product management and development for the Pivot brand; Jim Patterson will serve as acting president of the JV. Patterson also oversees Sprint’s cable wireline service offerings. ( www.sprint.com )

Valerio Zingarelli has been appointed CEO of Babelgum. Zingarelli was formerly a Vodafone executive. ( www.babelgum.com )


Company News

Acquisitions

Broadcom has acquired Global Locate, a company which specializes in GPS-related chipsets and software. ( www.broadcom.com ) ( www.globallocate.com )

Harmonic Inc. is acquiring privately-held Rhozet, a developer of software-based transcoding solutions, for $15.5 million in cash. Rhozet's solutions have been deployed by more than 100 customers, including Amazon, CBS and Yahoo! ( www.harmonicinc.com ) ( www.rhozet.com )

Level 3 Communications has acquired Servecast Limited, a provider of live and on-demand video management and streaming services for broadband and mobile platforms. Level 3 paid approximately $45 million. ( www.level3.com ) ( www.servecast.com )

NextWave Wireless has acquired 65% of Switzerland's WiMAX Telecom AG through its majority-owned subsidiary, Inquam Broadband GmbH. Separately, NextWave signed a definitive agreement to acquire all shares of IPMobile, a Tokyo-based telecommunications company, held by Mori Trust Co.; upon closing, NextWave will hold a 69.2% stake in IPMobile and will become the only foreign carrier in Japan. Values were not disclosed for either transaction. ( www.nextwave.com ) ( www.wimax-telecom.net ) ( www.ipmobile.jp/english )

Funding

adap.tv, an online video advertising platform, has secured $10 million in Series A funding. ( www.adap.tv )

Altair Semiconductor Ltd., a developer of ultra-low power WiMax chips for mobile devices, has received an $18 million Series B round of financing. ( www.altair-semi.com )

Broadlogic Networks Technologies Inc., a designer of chipsets for broadband networks, has announced a $17M Series C financing. Comcast Interactive Capital led the funding round. [Ed note: see our recent article on Broadlogic ( www.broadbandhomecentral.com/report/backissues/Report0703_5.html )] ( www.broadlogic.com )

Eye-Fi, a company focused on wireless digital photography, has secured $5.5 million in Series A funding. ( www.eye.fi )

InGrid, a provider of broadband-integrated home security systems, has raised $13.5 million in a Series C round of funding. ( www.ingridhome.com )

Mirics Semiconductor Inc., a developer of chips for receiving TV and radio broadcast signals in mobile devices, has received $10M in Series B financing, with Intel leading the round. ( www.mirics.com )

Ortiva Wireless, which develops software to deliver video clips over mobile networks, has completed a $15M Series B led by Comcast Interactive Capital. ( www.ortivawireless.com )

Oversi, a content delivery solutions provider, has raised $8 million in a second round of funding. Investors included Cisco Systems. ( www.oversi.com )

PicoChip Designs Ltd., has raised a $27 million Series D round of financing. ( www.picochip.com )

Ubiquisys Ltd. has secured $25 million in a round B funding, with Google as one of the participants. ( www.ubiquisys.com )

WiQuest Communications Inc., a semiconductor company focused on ultra-wideband wireless chips, has closed a $28 million Series C round of financing. ( www.wiquest.com )

ZeroG Wireless Inc., a company developing low power radio frequency chips, has closed $13 million in Series A funding. ( www.zerogwireless.com )


Other News

Clearwire has signed marketing pacts with U.S. satellite video vendors DirecTV and EchoStar, allowing its services to be sold to their residential customers. Clearwire also has the right to sell the satellite vendors services. ( www.clearwire.com ) ( www.directv.com ) ( www.dish.com )

Separately, Clearwire and Sprint signed a comprehensive agreement to jointly construct a nationwide WiMax network. They plan to build their respective portions of the network, and enable roaming between them. In addition, they will work jointly on product and service evolution, marketing and distribution, plus the exchange of selected 2.5 GHz spectrum to optimize network build-out and operation. Clearwire will also offer Sprint's 3G voice and data services and both providers will offer customers dual-mode services. ( www.clearwire.com ) ( www.sprint.com )

Crown Castle has shuttered Modeo, their subsidiary to provide DVB-H mobile TV service. It will lease the US-wide 1670-1675 MHz spectrum associated with Modeo to a venture formed by Telcom Ventures and Columbia Capital. The annual lease price is $13 million. Modeo's New York City trial network is being transferred to Telcom and Columbia; Crown Castle will be the preferred provider of tower infrastructure in further deployments. ( www.crowncastle.com )

Intel signed a licensing agreement with CableLabs under which the chip-maker will include support for the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) in future system-on-a-chip products for consumer-electronics devices. This agreement on OpenCable presently relates only to the chip family for CE devices Intel plans to introduce in 2008, not Core or Pentium processors. ( www.intel.com ) ( www.cablelabs.com )

Microsoft has started offering Intellectual Property (IP) licenses for two Wi-Fi related technologies, according to Broadband Wireless Exchange. The first is called RADAR, an indoor system, optimized for Wi-Fi, which combines empirical measurements with signal propagation modeling to determine user location and enable location aware services. The second is a Wi-Fi network system called CHOICE, which can be used to deploy new wireless "hot spot" services or augment existing ones. It is differentiated by its network access system, which allows different service providers to offer separate and concurrent services to the same user. ( www.microsoft.com )

Telstra announced the launch of BigPond TV, a mobile TV service which is transmitted over the operator's Next G network. Content will include prime time hits, made-for-mobile programs and sports and music videos. ( www.telstra.com.au )


Standards

Wibree, an ultra-low-power short-range wireless broadband technology, has been merged into the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), where it is expected to be standardized as a compatible piece of the Bluetooth standard. WiBree has been supported and developed by Nokia and the Wibree Forum includes Broadcom, Casio, Epson, ST Microelectronics, and TI. ( www.wibree.com ) ( www.bluetooth.org )