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The October 18, 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

Arman Aygen has become Regional Sales Manager at Exterity Ltd. He was previously Business Development Manager at Witbe. ( www.exterity.com )

William R. Bradford has been appointed SVP of worldwide sales for Entropic Communications. Bradford previously worked with other semiconductor companies including Freescale Semiconductor, ON Semiconductor, Cypress Semiconductor and Texas Instruments. ( www.entropic.com )

Michael Collette has joined FluidHtml (FHTML) as CEO. Michael was previously CEO of PhyFlex Networks (sold to Ciena in 2007) and Ucentric Systems (sold to Motorola in 2005). ( www.fluidhtml.com )

Robert (Bob) Litzlbeck has been appointed DS2's VP of Sales and Business Development for North America and Canada. ( www.ds2.es )

Peter Low has been named President and CEO of Ensequence. He was previously COO. ( www.ensequence.com )

Edward S. Rogers has been appointed Deputy Chairman of Rogers Communications as well as EVP of the new Emerging Business and Corporate Development group. The group was formed as part of a reorganization which integrated Rogers' cable and wireless businesses, forming a Communications Services organization led by Rob Bruce, President, Communications and a Network organization led by Bob Berner, EVP Network and CTO. ( www.rogers.com )

Mike Sparkman has joined PCT International as EVP, Worldwide Sales and Marketing. Sparkman was previously with Aurora Networks. ( www.pctinternational.com )


Company News

Acquisitions

ARRIS has announced its agreement to purchase the assets of Digeo, Inc., including its intellectual property portfolio, for a cash purchase price of approximately $20 million. ARRIS will continue to develop and market the current line of Digeo Digital Video Recorder (DVR) products. The acquisition extends Arris further into the customer premises equipment and consumer electronics space. ( www.arrisi.com ) ( www.digeo.com )

Cisco announced it is buying Starent Networks for approximately $2.9 billion. Starent is a supplier of IP-based mobile infrastructure solutions and will become part of Cisco’s Service Provider Business.( www.cisco.com ) ( www.starentnetworks.com )

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has acquired a minority stake in privately-held Global Inventures, Inc. CEA is not publicly disclosing the size of its investment. ( www.ce.org ) ( www.inventures.com )

Sigma Designs has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CopperGate in a cash and stock transaction with an agreed value of $160 million, net of CopperGate’s cash at the closing of the transaction. ( www.sigmadesigns.com ) ( www.copper-gate.com )

WildBlue is being acquired by ViaSat for $568 million. WildBlue broadband service will be expanded through the ViaSat-1 satellite scheduled to launch in early 2011. ( www.wildblue.com ) ( www.viasat.com )

Funding

Ensequence, a solution provider enabling creation of interactive TV experiences, announced an additional $20 million in funding. ( www.ensequence.com )

Ooyala an online video platform company, has raised $10M in a third round. ( www.ooyala.com )


Other News

Adobe has unveiled Flash Player 10.1, a full Flash player that provides a consistent, cross-platform runtime across desktop and mobile devices, including smartphones, netbooks, etc. It is the first runtime release of the Open Screen Project, an Adobe-led industry-wide initiative, to enable the delivery of rich multiscreen experiences built on a consistent runtime environment for open web browsing and standalone applications. ( www.adobe.com ) ( www.openscreenproject.org )

Intel introduced its new system-on-a-chip for TVs, the CE4100. The chip is designed to bring Internet content and services to digital TVs, DVD players, and advanced set-top boxes. ( www.intel.com )

Home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation has announced plans to manufacture a million smart grid-compatible clothes dryers by the end of 2011 [see the Smart Grid article below]. The move is part of the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Smart Grid Investment Grant program. The eco-friendly appliances respond to signals from the smart grid--which uses digital technology to monitor and encourage a reduction in electricity usage, especially during peak usage times—-and can then modify their energy consumption. ( www.whirlpool.com ) ( www.energy.gov )


Standards

The U-SNAP Alliance was formed by a group of utility industry leaders to create a low cost protocol-agnostic and interoperable communications standard for connecting home appliances, thermostats, and controls to Smart Grid networks. ( www.usnap.org )

The Wi-Fi Alliance is nearing completion of a new specification called Wi-Fi Direct to enable Wi-Fi devices to connect directly to one another without joining a traditional home, office, or hotspot network. The Wi-Fi Alliance expects to begin certification for this new specification in mid-2010, and products which achieve the certification will be designated Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct. [See the Wi-Fi Direct article below for more information.] ( www.wi-fi.org )


Countries

Australia

Telstra, the former Australian telephone monopoly which was privatized in 1997, will have to split its wholesale and retail operations by the end of 2009, or risk losing access to additional wireless broadband spectrum under draft legislation unveiled by the Australian government. Although the government had announced its desire for Telstra to structurally separate on a voluntary and cooperative basis, the legislation allows the government to impose a strong functional separational framework on Telstra if it does not separate "voluntarily". This all takes place against the backdrop of pending construction of a $43 billion Australian National Broadband Network. ( www.telstra.com.au )