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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-28       Article Source : VARBusiness

Cisco Systems on Monday said it has completed the acquisition of cable television set-top box maker Scientific-Atlanta.

The communications equipment maker in November said it would buy Scientific-Atlanta, in a deal valued at $5.1 billion after subtracting the Lawrenceville, Ga.-based company's cash balance.

The total purchase price is about $7 billion, or $43 a share, for each share of Scientific-Atlanta and outstanding options, Cisco said in a statement issued today.

Owning Scientific-Atlanta propels Cisco further into the home market as cable,

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-28       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — NetLogic Microsystems Inc. is collaborating with Broadcom Corp. to provide Ethernet routing solutions to the carrier market, enabling carriers to launch services based on Ethernet communications technology.

The NL3180GLQ family of NETLite processors from NetLogic (Mountain View, Calif.) interface to the StrataXGS III 600 Series of carrier-class Ethernet router devices from Broadcom (Irvine, Calif.) to offer a multitude of intelligent packet-based protocols at wire-speed on multiple gigabit Ethernet ports. These capabilities support the deployment of next-generation IP converged networks, including

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-25       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Patriot Scientific Corp. said it has received a total of $24 million as a result of processor licensing agreements with Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Hewlett-Packard.

The company added that Casio Computer joined HP as the second system manufacturer to purchase a license to use intellectual property protected by the Moore Microprocessor Patent (MMP) portfolio.

The MMP portfolio is owned jointly by Patriot (San Diego) and the TPL Group (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and is marketed by Alliacense,

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-24       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — The current surplus of NAND flash memory is expected to negatively impact prices of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) devices in the near future, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp.

That news could be sobering to memory suppliers that have been reallocating production to adjust to earlier market conditions and projections. iSuppli (El Segundo, Calif.) expects the NAND market weakness to spread into worsening DRAM market conditions, creating a zero-sum game particularly for suppliers of both types of

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-23       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

The enterprise networking hardware market enjoyed a healthy 2005, with substantial growth likely to continue through 2009, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

Revenues from sales of layer 2-3 switches reached $15.3 billion last year, up 9% over 2004, representing 273 million ports shipped, while layer 4-7 revenues jumped 26% in the same period to reach $750 million. According to Infonetics, revenues from sales of Ethernet switches as a whole will grow 27% by 2009, to exceed $20.3 billion, while

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-23       Article Source : Byte and Switch

Startup Terrascale Technologies today unveiled a family of prepackaged InfiniBand clusters in an attempt to ease the strain on users wrestling with different pieces of storage kit.
 
The new offerings include three different “storage blocks” of prepackaged server clusters. Each cluster comprises either four, six, or ten “storage bricks,” which is Terrascale-speak for the data servers running the startup’s Terragrid software.

By repackaging its existing wares, Terragrid is making a bid for business beyond the ivory-tower high-performance computing world

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-21       Article Source : TechWeb News

Next month, Cisco will introduce the next release of Call Manager, version 5.0, at the VoiceCon show in Orlando. Lots of changes are to be expected, including support for Linux in addition to Windows Server, and finally support for SIP clients.

That last fact is a big deal. Unless you've been comatose for the past few years or otherwise blissfully ignorant of the VoIP industry, you know Call Manager is the only major IP PBX to not offer SIP client support. Cisco

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-21       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

Global sales of digital subscriber line (DSL) aggregation hardware rose substantially last year as providers built the infrastructure to deliver advanced multimedia and triple-play services.

According to Infonetics Research, worldwide DSL aggregation shipments were up 38% in 2005, rising from 59.8 million in 2004 to 82.3 million ports last year. In the last quarter alone, port shipments grew 9%. At the same time, revenues increased 23% between 2004 and 2005, from $5.19 billion to $6.37 billion.

Infonetics analyst Jeff Heynen

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-18       Article Source : TechWeb News

Slow off the mark in developing any citywide Wi-Fi network, the City of Boston has received major boost in its Wi-Fi effort via a report from the non-profit Boston Foundation.

In its 40-page report, the Boston Foundation further said: "Respected technology companies like Earthlink, Google, and Hewlett-Packard are extremely interested in partnering with local government to come to Boston to build a low-cost or no-cost system capable of providing affordable and reliable service."

Pointing to Greater Boston as a longtime

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-17       Article Source : EE Times

BANGALORE, India — France’s Thomson Group will supply set-top boxes manufactured in India to the direct-to-home (DTH) video provider, Tata Sky Ltd.

Tata Sky is a joint venture between India’s Tata group and Rupert Murdoch’s Star TV. Tata Sky will launch its services in a few months, and plans to offer digital TV services across India.

The agreement marks Thomson’s entry into the satellite TV market with set-top boxes developed and customized at its R&D center here. Tata Sky plans

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-17       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

China Telecom has selected Alcatel to upgrade its existing broadband DSL network to prepare for triple play service delivery.

The agreement was signed through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel's flagship Chinese company. China Telecom is already the largest fixed telecommunication service provider in China, and will continue to expand with this recent partnership. The DSL network will be accessible over 26 provinces in China, including South China's 18 provinces and North China’s eight.

China Telecom subscribers will have access to broadband

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-17       Article Source : Byte and Switch

It turns out the McData-Cisco faceoff for Wal-Mart business in mid-2004 was just round one in an ongoing brawl that may not be over yet.
 
Each vendor so far has won a bid to place its director switches in the retail giant’s data center. McData won the first tussle despite an alleged late plea by Cisco CEO John Chambers himself. But sources report that Cisco rebounded to win a rematch in the fall of 2005.

However, the second

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-15       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Mitrionics Inc., a Swedish provider of FPGA programming tools, announced new diagnostics and optimization features for its Mitrion Software Development Kit to facilitate faster development times through troubleshooting, debugging and optimizing Mitrion processor designs prior to FPGA synthesis.

New features include error checking that presents messages with cause/remedy descriptions for non-FPGA experts and users, and a "server mode" that creates a virtual FPGA in software and allows developers to simulate and debug their host application without having access to

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-15       Article Source : Byte and Switch

Is there room in the world for another WAN accelerator? If Massachusetts startup Certeon can support its claims, there just might be.
 
Though Certeon was founded in 2003, it's only now surfacing with a WAN acceleration appliance called the S-Series. The vendor claims the rackmount unit can improve the performance of certain applications by up to 1,000 times. It also maintains that its gear can accelerate traffic that uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption (think VPNs), without touching the encryption.
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Posted by inet on 2006-02-14   

Cisco overhauled its security management software in an attempt to push its “self defending networks” message to enterprise data center managers.

For a couple of years, Cisco has extolled the virtues of its “self-defending networks” strategy to anyone willing to listen. Instead of deploying a plethora of different security devices like perimeter firewalls, Cisco is urging users to embed security into their networks, as an in-stream device or as part of the networking equipment itself. (See Chambers Shouts About Security.) As part

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