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The October 19, 2007 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

Charlie Nooney has been appointed CEO of mobile TV service provider MobiTV. Nooney was previously CEO of Premier Retail Networks. ( www.mobitv.com )

Dano Ybarra was named CEO of Asoka USA Corp. Founder and former CEO T.K. Chan will continue to serve as CTO. ( www.asokausa.com )


Company News

Acquisitions

2Wire has acquired Kenati Technologies, a provider of home networking software products and services. ( www.2Wire.com ) ( www.kenati.com )

Alcatel-Lucent has acquired interactive TV tool software provider Tamblin. Financial terms were not disclosed. ( www.alcatel-lucent.com ) ( www.tamblin.com )

ARRIS is acquiring C-COR for approximately $730 million in a mix of cash and ARRIS stock. The merged company will be a "pure play solutions provider to the global cable industry." ( www.arrisi.com ) ( www.c-cor.com )

Ciena has purchased the technology and intellectual property of PhyFlex (formerly called Narad Networks). The price was not disclosed. ( www.ciena.com ) ( www.phyflex.com )

Cisco Systems has announced a purchase agreement for Cognio, a firm specializing in wireless spectrum analysis and management for wireless networks. Financial terms were not disclosed. ( www.cisco.com ) ( www.cognio.com )

Danaher has announced it is buying Tektronix, a telecom test company, for about $2.8 billion. Danaher already owns Fluke Networks and other manufacturers of test equipment. ( www.danaher.com ) ( www.tektronix.com ) ( www.flukenetworks.com )

US pay-TV provider EchoStar has agreed to acquire privately-held Sling Media. The deal values Sling Media at approximately $380 million, payable in cash and EchoStar options. ( www.echostar.com ) ( www.slingmedia.com )

Funding

Alereon, a provider of ultra-wideband chips, has received a $16 million second tranche of its Series B round. ( www.alereon.com )

Arraycomm has signed agreements for funding with Merrill Lynch PCG and Ygomi. Each company purchased approximately $15M in equity with an option for an additional $10M. ( www.arraycomm.com )

Asoka USA, a maker of powerline networking devices, reported $7 million in new investment led by Storm Ventures and Venrock. ( www.asokausa.com )

Azul Systems, a provider of network processing technology, has secured a $40 million round of funding. ( www.azulsystems.com )

BlackArrow, a provider of ad-management systems for video content, has closed a $12 million Series B round of funding. Comcast Interactive Capital, Intel Capital and Cisco participated in the funding. ( www.blackarrow.tv )

Bluestreak Technology, a platform provider for mobile and digital TV, has raised $20 million in Series D financing. ( www.bluestreaktech.com )

BroadLight, a provider of passive optical network equipment components, has closed a Series E with $12 million in new capital.( www.broadlight.com )

CloudShield, a security and service control platform provider, has raised $15 Million in funding led by Tektronix. ( www.cloudshield.com )

Drew and Boyd Craig of Craig Wireless Systems have announced that they have raised $40 million to create a WiMAX network in British Columbia and Manitoba. ( www.craigwireless.com )

Firetide, a provider of wireless mesh-networking equipment, has raised $14.4 million in Series D financing. ( www.firetide.com )

Spanish wireless startup FON has received an investment of undisclosed amount from BT. FON and BT have also partnered to create the BT FON Community across the U.K. FON also has deals with Neuf Cegetel in France and Time Warner Cable in the US. ( www.fon.com ) ( www.bt.com )

Staccato Communications, an ultra wideband wireless technology company, closed an additional $17.5M in equity financing. ( www.staccatocommunications.com )

Veoh Networks has completed a $25M Series C financing. ( www.veoh.com )

Verimatrix, a content security technology provider, has raised an additional $5 million of capital. ( www.verimatrix.com )

WiChorus, a developer of intelligent gateways for WiMAX/4G services, has received $15 million in Series B funding. ( www.wichorus.com )

YuMe Networks, an advertising network for broadband video, has closed a $9 million Series B round of funding. ( www.yumenetworks.com )


Other News

AT&T is paying Aloha Partners LP $2.5 billion for their 700 MHz spectrum. The 12 megahertz of spectrum is UHF TV channels 54 and 59, with a footprint covering 196 million people in 72 of the top 100 U.S. markets. ( www.att.com ) ( www.alohapartners.net )

Ipera Technology is rolling out its PixelMagic video enhancement technology that claims to deliver high per-pixel clarity at low power consumption. Ipera’s embedded software and SoC solutions are designed to improve mobile TV, IPTV and broadcast video entertainment picture quality. ( www.iperatech.com )

Qualcomm subsidiary MediaFLO USA has completed a licensing agreement to use Gemstar-TV Guide International's interactive program guides for MediaFLO's mobile-TV service. ( www.qualcomm.com ) ( www.mediaflousa.com ) ( www.gemstartvguide.com )

Reuters Labs has launched facial-recognition video search capabilities on Reuters.com using Viewdle Inc. technology. The technology automatically looks inside video streams, frame-by-frame, to recognize and index appearances of people on-screen. ( www.labs.reuters.com ) ( www.viewdle.com )

Sprint has launched its new Airave femtocell base station in two markets. The technology hooks into your home broadband network connection to boost your cell signal in the house and provide unlimited minutes when making Airave calls. ( www.sprint.com )


Standards

USB 3.0

Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, NEC, NXP Semiconductors and Texas Instruments have joined together to form the USB 3.0 Promoter Group. The proposed USB 3.0 specification aims to deliver 300 Mbytes/second of usable data at the applications level. It could also add new quality-of-service capabilities. The new link would also support multiple flows per device and is capable of maintaining separate priority levels for each flow. A completed spec is expected by the first half of 2008. The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) will act as the trade association for the USB 3.0 specification. ( www.intel.com ) ( www.hp.com ) ( www.microsoft.com ) ( www.nec.com ) ( www.nxp.com ) ( www.ti.com ) ( www.usb.org )

WiMedia UWB

The WiMedia Alliance announced the registration of six additional Physical Layer chipsets (PHYs), bringing the total number of approved chipsets to 13. WiMedia PHY registration is the first of two parts comprising the Alliance’s certification program.

The WiMedia Alliance subsequently announced the first silicon products certified on its Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Common Radio Platform. A total of 12 platforms from WiMedia members Alereon, Artimi, Intel, Realtek, Staccato, Tzero, WiQuest, and Wisair successfully completed both phases of the Alliance’s compliance and interoperability testing. ( www.wimedia.org )

HomePlug

The HomePlug Alliance announced that more than 40 products passed the HomePlug AV compliance and interoperability product certification "plugfest" testing, including products from member companies Actiontec, Asoka, Aztech, Cameo, Devolo, Fujitsu-Siemens, GigaFast, Intellon, Leacom, Linksys, Sharp, Solwise, Sumitomo and ZyXEL. Separately, the HomePlug Alliance Board of Directors ratified the HomePlug Command and Control 1.0 specification. ( www.homeplug.org )


Countries

Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has published a regulatory framework for devices using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. It is expected that it will be ratified by Singapore's authorities within a year. The framework provides for "light-touch" regulation with no licensing requirements for UWB devices that conform to guidelines. ( www.ida.gov.sg )