New Products, Deals Highlight Expo

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San Antonio -- The several-hundred vendors on the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ Cable-Tec Expo show floor here were busy doing business, showcasing new products and services and announcing new deals with cable MSOs.

• On the set-top front, Motorola Inc. debuted its new all-digital box, the “DCT3412,” the companion to its “DCT6412” series.

The DCT3412 is an all-digital, dual-tuner HD digital-video recorder with a Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification signaling gateway, which Motorola was positioning as the center device in its whole-house platform. Motorola said MSOs could configure the set-top to have hard drives ranging from 120 gigabytes to 320 GB.

The set-top was shown as the centerpiece to Motorola’s Ucentric Digital Home Platform. The platform supports OpenCable Application Platform applications, the company said.

Motorola also announced that Digeo Inc. had joined its Horizon development program.

And the vendor announced the availability of a centralized content-authorization service with the Comcast Media Center. It will allow smaller operators to offer video-on-demand, DVRs, interactive guides and other advanced services without owning a digital-access controller. The new platform is being offered as an upgrade to Motorola’s National Authorization Service.

• Pace Micro Systems plc debuted the “DC551” all-digital HDTV set-top at the show. The box includes a HD-multimedia interface and supports 1394 5C protected interface.

Pace also entered the embedded-multimedia-terminal-adapter market with the “DV315.” The voice-over-Internet-protocol terminal will be available by year’s end, the company said.

• Tandberg Television said Sunflower Broadband in Lawrence, Kan., is using its “E5710” MPEG-2 (Moving Picture Expert Group) encoder to roll out digital simulcast to its cable customers.

• Integra5 Communications Inc. said Everest Connections Corp. is deploying its “UniTV” converged-services platform and “UniTV Visual Telephony” product suite, which provides for caller ID on the TV set. Integra also said it joined Cedar Point Communications’ ServiceClass Partner program.

• Auspice Corp. signed a licensing agreement with Bresnan Communications covering its TLX-based voice-service manager for voice-over-Internet-protocol rollouts. The VSM will help Bresnan to monitor network health and service status for VoIP.

• C-COR Inc. introduced the “XGSIM,” a 10-port gigabit-Ethernet interface module for its multiservice-packet-switch system. In addition to 10 discrete 1-gigabit ports, the device performs switching, virtual-local-area-network tagging, rate shaping, quality-of-service guarantees and network control.

C-COR was also showcasing its new “Value Max” transponder, which can monitor and control a variety of node and amplifier components.

• RGB Networks announced all-digital support for the emergency-alert system through its “Simulcast Edge Processor.” The SEP provides EAS program-switching support based on SCTE 18 standard messages for analog-program lineups.

• Arcwave Inc. released “ARCNet,” an element-management system for small, medium and large deployments of its “ARCXtend Wireless Plant Extension” network hubs. The wireless-bridge technology allows MSOs to deliver phone and high-speed-data services to small and midsized business beyond their wireline plant. Arris Group Inc.’s TeleWire resells ARCNet EMS and support services.

Arcwave also said Cox Business Services has approved the ARCXtend Wireless Plant Extension for deployment in its service areas.

• Aurora Networks debuted an expanded digital-return-transport platform, which includes its “DT35135C” digital transmitter and “DT4030E” digital transceiver. The platform provides for transmission of 40 wavelengths and 80 return segments on a single fiber, as well as transport of two unique RF segments in a single data stream.

Aurora also debuted its outdoor Wi-Fi-access delivery system, which acts as a wireless drop between the hybrid fiber-coaxial network and business customers to support public hot spots, virtual Ethernet links, VoIP, high-speed data and videoconferencing.

• PPC showcased its 48-foot mobile-training lab, which provides training for drop-related technology and installation practices. PPC also debuted an integrated weather-seal connector, the “PPC AquaTight EX Series Connector.”

• Electroline Equipment Inc. released its VoIP “e” version of its headend-signal-management product line and displayed a status-monitoring transponder for optical nodes based on DOCSIS technology.

• Proxilliant Systems Corp. was showcasing its new “Dynamic Ingress Blocking” technology, which it said eliminates node splitting on cable networks. “DIB effectively confines the ingress very close to the origin so that it does not jeopardize VoIP services,” CEO Arne Ljungdahl said.

• Mintek Mobile Data Solutions introduced “WinTrack SFA,” a mobile sales-force-automation solution, and “WinTrack Tap Audit,” a mobile tap-audit-automation solution.

• Xtend Networks was showcasing new versions of its “XMTS T1 Access Concentrator” and its “XHUB” bandwidth-expansion node product.

• Scientific-Atlanta Inc. debuted a new digital-content-manager system for high-density and complex MPEG-video processing to cover digital simulcast, switched digital broadcast, HD and VOD content processing.

The new platform has 20 times the firepower of existing gear, S-A said, able to simultaneously process up to 2,000 standard-definition or up to 500 HD MPEG streams.

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