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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-21       Article Source : TechWeb News

In an effort to secure a position in Internet-based television, AT&T Inc. reported an agreement Tuesday with Akimbo Systems to offer Internet-based video-on-demand to its Homezone TV service subscribers. The service begins this summer.

The AT&T Homezone service, being trialed within several states, integrates AT&T Yahoo! high-speed Internet and AT&T DISH Network programming. The service provides video on demand, digital video, and Internet content, such as photos and music through a set-top box.

Akimbo's digital content library offers more than

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-20       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

English-speaking minority groups are the leading adopters of broadband and IP communications such as VoIP, says a new study from the US Internet Industry Association (USIIA).

The study found that more than 90% of English-speaking Asian-Americans and 80% of English-speaking Hispanics use IP and broadband services, a higher rate than the 74% of white Americans, who use those services.

The survey found that "Internet penetration is significantly higher among Asian-Americans than it is for all other ethnic groups…Many Asian-American Internet

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-18       Article Source : CRN

SOS Online Backup is looking to recruit about 1,000 solution providers within the next 12 months to bring secure online backup services to small businesses.

The company, headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, with a corporate office in Arlington, Va., has entered the United States market with an all-channel strategy and is looking for looking solution providers to resell and host its services, said Ken Shaw, head of U.S. operations.

The company is one of a number of vendors looking to the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-16       Article Source : CRN

When the runners of the 110th Boston Marathon wind they’re way through the town of Framingham, Mass., on Monday, public safety officials will be ready for them, thanks in part to a new wireless mesh pilot rolled out by solution provider NetTeks Technology Consultants.

NetTeks, along with vendor partner Cisco Systems, are funding the Metropolitan Mobile Network pilot, a mesh networking solution that will bring broadband wireless access to agencies throughout the town, including public safety, transportation and public works.
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Posted by inet on 2006-04-16       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE — A Renesas microcontroller employs proprietary flash memory and circuit technologies and an enhanced 32-bit SH-2 RISC core architecture that can simultaneously execute two instructions per cycle. Designated the SH7211F, the microcontroller can deliver a 1.5X performance improvement compared to previous microcontrollers.

According to Renesas, the microcontroller’s performance is improved by 3X when the 80 MHz maximum operating frequency of SH-2 devices is considered.

"Able to operate at clock rates of up to 160 MHz, the SH7211F delivers a throughput

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-15       Article Source : EE Times

Silver-zinc battery developer Zinc Matrix Power Inc. has received a $7 million investment to establish and staff a pilot production facility in Camarillo, Calif.

The round is being funded by existing investors. Investors include a large private equity group, Intel Capital, and OnPoint Technologies.

Zinc Matrix Power (Camarillo) will use the funds to continue moving its new high-energy, silver-zinc battery towards full-scale production for military and consumer electronics applications.

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-13       Article Source : CRN

Exabyte is trying to expand its small business backup market with a pair of new tape automation devices and a new tape drive with on-demand capacity upgradeability.

The Boulder, Colo.-based tape drive and automation vendor on Monday started shipping the Magnum 224 LTO library, with one or two half-height LTO-2 drives or one full-height LTO-3 drive and one or two 12-cartridge magazines.

The Magnum 224 scales to a maximum of 4.8 Tbytes compressed, with compressed speeds of up to 172

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-12       Article Source : VARBusiness

On Monday, Cisco Systems unveiled a new solution that will help enterprise VARs offer more robust and secure application delivery while creating ongoing revenue streams.

Targeted primarily at large enterprises that want to consolidate data centers and server farms, the Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE), a multifunction module for the Catalyst 6500 switch, allows IT managers to deploy, deliver, secure and manage applications. It is designed to streamline IT workflow processes during application deployments and upgrades via virtual partitioning--the delegation of application management

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-11       Article Source : TechWeb News

Three quarters of telecoms operators with third-generation (3G) mobile phone networks have agreed to install an upgrade that makes their networks three to five times faster, a survey found on Friday.

The faster version of the 3G networks is called High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) and is already commercially available on 14 networks in countries including Austria, Finland, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Kuwait, Portugal, South Africa and the United States, the global mobile suppliers association (GSA) said in a market update for the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-11       Article Source : VARBusiness

Several vendors are advancing continuous data protection, or CDP, the latest technique for backing up storage to reduce the risk of data loss.

FalconStor, Kaysha and Mendocino Software launched some new CDP tools and partnerships during this week's Storage Networking World conference in San Diego. Proponents of CDP say it is a viable method of assuring continuous availability, particularly of mission-critical applications, because it employs an approach to backing up systems in real time by providing numerous recovery points, minimizing the chance for

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-10       Article Source : EE Times

At the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley here this week, Aonix announced that it has upgraded its Perc real-time virtual machine for embedded targets by adding Java 5 language capabilities.
 
PERC Ultra introduces full Java 5 language features such as generics, annotations and type-safe enumerations, Aonix (San Diego) said. PERC Ultra also includes enhancements of packages from the Java standard edition library set, Aonix said, as well as new libraries such as java.util.concurrent and java.nio.channels.

PERC Ultra also introduces

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-09   

Storage users, always a vocal lot, are really having their say with CDP, re-shaping this emerging technology into something that looks far different -- and is more useful -- than what it was a year ago.

Customers want continuous data protection (CDP) to do more than handle post-failure rollback to a specific point in time. They want direct CDP links to SANs instead of host computers, multisite support, and more granular recovery for specific applications. These changes are forcing CDP vendors to work

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-09       Article Source : EE Times

Nortel Networks Inc. will consider exiting any market in which it holds less than a six percent market share, executives said at a CTIA press briefing Thursday night.

Nortel chief executive Mike Zafirovski said that Nortel plans new and aggressive forays into both WiMax infrastructure and IP Multimedia Subsystem equipment, but added that "our financial realities dictate that we must choose our served markets."

The company already has determined that it will stop further development in service edge routers, where it has

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-07       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Investment banking firm Lehman Brothers Inc. has lowered its shipment forecast for Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod product — a move that spells more bad news for chip makers in the MP3 arena.
The market has already seen the fallout from the MP3 slowdown, especially NAND-based flash memory makers. Spot prices for NAND-based flash memories have tumbled and fallen by up to 63 percent since the beginning of this year, according to the DRAMeXchange.

In the flash-memory

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-07       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Semiconductor industry icon Wilfred J. Corrigan said Tuesday (April 4) he is “confident” that 15 percent annual growth rates can be achieved by the semiconductor industry again, driven by consumer electronics spending of some two billion new consumers in China, India, countries that were part of the Soviet Union, and Middle East nations.

Corrigan spoke briefly Tuesday evening after receiving a lifetime achievement award from EE Times at the second Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards ceremony here.

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