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The September 10, 2009 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

Gilles Delfassy has been appointed President and CEO of ST-Ericsson, a joint venture of STMicroelectronics and Ericsson, effective November 2, 2009. ( www.stericsson.com )

Teresa Elder has joined Clearwire in a newly created role as president of strategic partnerships and wholesale. She was previously head of Vodafone, Ireland. ( www.clearwire.com )

John Gloekler has joined Gigle Semiconductor as VP of operations. Gloekler previously was CEO of G2 Microsystems. ( www.gigle.biz )

Seamus Hennessy has joined Ruckus Wireless as CFO. Hennessy was previously CFO at Aerohive.( www.ruckuswireless.com )

Dr. Tom Lookabaugh has joined Entropic Communications as its CTO. Prior positions for Lookabaugh include being CEO at PolyCipher, a cable industry joint venture for security and cryptography. ( www.entropic.com )

Andreas Melder has been appointed VP of marketing and business development at Staccato Communications. Andy was previously with Intellon. ( www.staccatocommunications.com )

Craig Miller has been appointed VP of marketing and business development at Sequans Communications. Miller was previously at NextWave Wireless. ( www.sequans.com )

Tracy Nolan has been hired as VP of retail for Cox Communications. Her responsibilities include retail operations and sales strategy for Cox's current products and emerging new wireless portfolio. She was previously COO of telecom-marketing firm ACN and also managed Frontier Cellular's stores. ( ww2.cox.com )

Mike Quigley, formerly President & COO of Alcatel, has been appointed executive chairman of the National Broadband Network Company (NBNCo) set up by the Australian government to deliver "superfast broadband to Australian homes and workplaces."

C.J. Singh has joined Synacor, a technology company providing Internet solutions to the ISP, advertising and media industries, as VP of Product & Engineering. Singh was previous with Yahoo and Oracle. ( www.synacor.com )

David R. Spear has become EVP, Marketing & Sales at IP Gallery Inc. Dave was previously with Cedar Point Communications. ( www.ipgallery.com )

Hervé Utheza has become President of Related Content Database (RCDb), a provider of services and a software platform for network-connected Blu-ray discs, players and other connected devices. Hervé was previously with Orb Networks.( www.rcdb.net )

Ken Wirth was appointed as President of Alcatel-Lucent's 4G/LTE Wireless Networks. ( www.alcatel-lucent.com )


Company News

Acquisitions

ActiveVideo Networks in May acquired Netherlands-based Avinity Systems and renamed it ActiveVideo Europe. Both companies use a cloud-based approach to interactive applications. ( www.activevideo.com )

ARRIS has acquired certain assets of EG Technology (EGT) for approximately $6.5 million and will employ approximately 20-25 of the existing employees. Assets acquired include EGT patents and video processing technology for digital networks. ( www.arris-i.com )

Atheros is acquiring PLC company Intellon, combining expertise in Ethernet and wireless networking with powerline networking to further drive the adoption of universal, easy-to-use, networking solutions throughout the digital home. The acquisition is being valued at approximately $244 million, or $181 million net of Intellon's cash and investments.( www.atheros.com ) ( www.intellon.com )

Ericsson is acquiring the portions of Nortel's Carrier Networks division relating to CDMA and LTE technology in North America. The purchase price is USD 1.13 b. and is subject to court and regulatory approvals. ( www.ericsson.com ) ( www.nortel.com )

Google is acquiring On2 Technologies, a developer of video compression technology. The transaction is valued at approximately $106 million. ( www.google.com ) ( www.on2.com )

Intel has completed its approximately $884 million acquisition of Wind River Systems, a maker of software for embedded systems and mobile devices. ( www.intel.com ) ( www.windriver.com )

SeaChange International has acquired Dutch video software company eventIS Group B.V. for €25.5 million (US$36.5 million). ( www.schange.com ) ( www.eventIS.nl )

Funding

Calix Networks has announced $100 million in new financing focused on expected new business from the US broadband stimulus. ( www.calix.com )

Intel Capital invested $43 million in Tokyo-based UQ Communications, a provider of WiMAX mobile services committed to provide WiMAX coverage to 90% of the country by 2012. ( www.intel.com/capital )( www.uqwimax.jp/english )

Ozmo Devices, which is pursuing the low-power wireless personal area network business, has announced completion of their series C funding of $7.5 million from existing funders including Intel Capital. ( www.ozmodevices.com )


Other News

Avail Media, an independent aggregator and provider of linear MPEG-4 IPTV content, and TV on-demand company TVN Entertainment announced the completion of their merger. The combined company,rebranded Avail-TVN, enables the distribution of linear and on-demand content to over 120 million consumers, including 34 former IP Prime affiliates. ( www.availmedia.com ) ( www.tvn.com )

Gigle Semiconductor announced their gigabit home networking chip and its adoption by Belkin for their Gigabit Powerline Networking Adapters. The Belkin product uses Gigle technology to give users an ultrafast HD entertainment network through a home’s existing electrical wiring. ( www.gigle.biz ) ( www.belkin.com )

RadioShack and AT&T have announced the launch of AT&T ConnecTech support services in more than 4,400 company-owned RadioShack stores. Under the agreement, AT&T ConnecTech will serve as a full-service tech-support team for RadioShack customers, providing such services as TV and home theater installation, PC set-up and support, and network installation. Support will be for both AT&T and non-AT&T customers in all 50 states, seven days a week. ( www.radioshack.com ) ( www.att.com ) ( connectech.att.com )

Countries

US: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was authorized to create a National Broadband Plan as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). Blair Levin is the plan's Director. FCC members and important constituents have been participating in a series of Workshops on topics such as technology, applications and devices. More information, including archived recordings of workshops already held, can be found at the FCC's National Broadband Plan website. Additional information is at the FCC's broadband blog. ( www.fcc.gov )

UK: Informitv reported that there are almost 9 million digital video recorders installed in the UK (35% of UK households); they project that within the next few years one in two homes may have a DVR. These DVRs include both subscribers to pay-TV and an increasing number of DVR devices purchased at retail. ( informitv.net )


Standards & Alliances

IEEE 802.11n is scheduled to be ratified by the IEEE standards Board tomorrow. The minutes of the July 2009 TGn Plenary said "An interesting coincidence was pointed out that the first meeting of HTSG was on Sept. 11, 2002, and the final approval by the Standards Board is scheduled for Sept. 11, 2009" -- exactly seven years from the formation of the Higher Throughput Study Group to final approval of the standard. ( www.ieee802.org/11/Reports/tgn_update.htm )

The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) and the ZigBee Alliance established a formal liaison agreement for collaboration on promotion and advocacy related to development of smart grid technology policies. DRSG is the trade association for companies providing technologies, products and services in the demand response and smart grid areas and the ZigBee Alliance is an ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for energy management, commercial and consumer applications. ( www.drsgcoalition.org ) ( www.zigbee.org )

The AVnu Alliance was created by founders Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Harman International, Intel, Samsung and Xilinx. The companies are promoting a suite of IEEE standards for LAN bridging that extend the media capabilities of Ethernet to new automotive and professional A/V markets and tomorrow's home networks. [See the article below on AVB and AVnu.] ( www.avnu.org )

The Femto Forum and the WiMAX Forum have agreed to collaborate on the development of WiMAX Femtocell Access Point (WFAP) specifications that will address topics such as end-to-end QoS, provisioning, network entry and authentication, power optimization, and mobility management.( www.femtoforum.org ) ( www.wimaxforum.org )

HomeGrid Forum, a non-profit trade group promoting the ITU-T G.hn standardization efforts, signed a liaison agreement with the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) to promote intergroup cooperation. The G.hn standard is aimed to deliver a single unified technology for the wired home network; DLNA's interoperability guidelines are designed to unite various consumer electronics, PC and mobile device technologies and standards into a cohesive home networking environment. ( www.homegridforum.org ) ( www.dlna.org )

The Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV or "HbbTV" was launched by a consortium of European TV industry leaders. It is a pan-European initiative aimed at harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of news, information and entertainment to the consumer through TVs and set-top boxes. HbbTV is based on elements of existing standards and web technologies including OIPF (Open IPTV Forum), CEA, DVB and W3C. ( www.hbbtv.org )