First Coffee for June 7, 2005

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First Coffee for June 7, 2005

By David Sims

The news as of the first coffee this morning, and the music is Bill Evans, from the Verve Jazz Masters series. As the liner notes say Evans never burst on the scene, people just gradually realized he was one of the most influential jazz pianists ever:

Okay, there’ll be a lot of news from Supercomm 2005 in Chicago in First CoffeeSM today, there’s a lot happening so let’s get to it.

One thing everybody’s talking about – so hey, it’s gotta be true, right? – at Supercomm ‘05 is Internet Protocol TV. IBM’s laying out their IPTV “vision,” Kasenna (“The IPTV Company”) is showing off what they bill as “the industry’s first fully integrated IPTV application suite,” Calix is demonstrating IPTV over ADSL2+, the oddly-named Scientific-Atlanta’s touting “the combination of our new, state-of-the-art IPTV set-tops… and a robust switched video network… to deliver new and exciting entertainment services to consumers,” plus all the reporters drinking on expense accounts are talking about it, so that’s good enough for First CoffeeSM.

Every show like this has to have some buzz, and although First CoffeeSM isn’t in Chicago – as they couldn’t drag First CoffeeSM out of the blues clubs until closing there wouldn’t be time for sober reportage anyway – the coverage indicates that this year’s Officially Approved Show Buzz™ is Internet Protocol television.

Entone Technologies, a provider of personal video content delivery products, and Neterion Inc. (formerly S2io Inc.), a provider of 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter products for servers and storage, have teamed up to provide the first 10 Gigabit Ethernet high-definition IPTV demonstration.

For the third consecutive year, the Metro Ethernet Forum has selected Entone as the IPTV provider for its SUPERDemo at Supercomm. Integrated with Neterion’s 10 GigE technology, Entone’s StreamLiner network video recorder will provide video streaming to 30 of MEF’s participating members.

The MEF’s SUPERDemo will cover eight specific application and technology areas that will act as what company officials are hopefully calling “a major proof point that Carrier Ethernet is now ready to deliver real world applications such as Triple-Play services with VoIP, IPTV and high-speed Internet access.”

Not to be outdone, AdvancedIO Systems Inc. announced what they’re claiming is “the industry’s first configurable 10 Gigabit solution bridging parallel RapidIO interconnect architecture and 10 Gigabit Ethernet,” namely the V1010™ Switched Mezzanine Card module.

The V1010 module’s industry standard I/O can be used in existing systems, and is aimed at embedded systems providers serving defense, aerospace and telecom markets.

The V1010 module enables equipment such as EO/IR sensors, high resolution image sensors, and RADAR antenna arrays to connect to high performance embedded multicomputers using a well-established standard. Initial V1010 product development and verification has been done on a Mercury Ensemble AdvancedTCA system.

“Now that Ethernet has been released from the confines of the local area network, it’s time for us to show the world what Carrier Ethernet is capable of, in terms of delivering carrier-class applications and services to enterprise, residential and mobile markets,” said Nan Chen, president of the MEF. All right! Go team! Ethernet! Ethernet! Gimme an E…

Lucent Technologies and Capgemini have announced a “comprehensive strategic alliance agreement” to deliver “best-in-class service offerings to enterprises, governments and telecommunications markets,” according to company officials in a joint statement.

The agreement means Capgemini and Lucent will develop, market and deliver joint service offerings using Lucent’s network integration services (professional services, managed services and traditional engineering and multivendor installation) and Capgemini will contribute know-how in transformational consulting, technology solutions and managed services.

The offerings will include Lucent’s communications products and software portfolio.

The companies will jointly promote service offerings using mutual sales resources and market presence. The initial focus will be high-growth areas in enterprise networking, such as converged services, managed services, and security in North America.

Aculab is announcing the launch of its next generation media processing resources platform – Prosody X.

Company officials are calling Prosody X a “genuine breakthrough that acknowledges the reality of IP in today’s telco network infrastructures.” It’s a card designed for media processing in IP-based networks with TDM connectivity as an option.

Designed around an IP core, its architecture makes the product distributable among different chassis platforms offering resilience and scalability as well as “helping future proof solutions as they move to IP.” The company is pricing it “aggressively.”

Company officials say Prosody X offers “ultimate” flexibility to developers, who can select the functions required to scale a wide range of low to high density applications.

Preliminary channel counts for fully configured cards with basic speech processing are running at 600 for the PCI product variant. Its mix of basic and advanced speech, fax and data features coupled with the price makes Prosody X an option for any developer looking to create large scale VoIP applications from simple IVRs to complex blended contact centers.

Download a white paper on the marketplace for Prosody X.

Internationally on the IPTV front, Modern Times Group’s Viasat Broadcasting, a digital satellite pay-TV broadcaster in the Nordic region has selected the Synamedia secure broadband TV architecture.

Using the Synamedia product integrated with VideoGuard content protection, Viasat has been able to make its pay-TV channels securely available to over 300,000 households in 50 Swedish cities that are connected to the Bredbandsbolaget fiber network. Synamedia with VideoGuard protects content at all stages of delivery, from the broadband access point through the last mile to the IP STB in the home.

The system also integrates with Viasat’s IPTV guide.

Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and Chief Executive Officer of Modern Times Group noted that the launch last year of Sweden’s first plug-and-play solution enabling viewers to plug new set top boxes directly into the broadband connection socket “was only made possible by having a fully integrated and secure technology platform.”

Albrecht expects this service to grow, and to launch features such as VOD in the future.

In the latest Stupid Lawsuit Some Humorless MegaCompany Files Against A Little Guy And Gives A Great Deal Of National Publicity To Something Nobody Had Ever Heard Of Before The Stupid Lawsuit And Ends Up Looking Like Mean-Spirited, Constipated Horse’s Ass, Starbucks is pursuing a trademark infringement case against the owner of a small bar in Galveston, Texas for selling a beer named Star Bock – “Star” for the Lone Star state, Texas, and “Bock” for the kind of beer, bock beer.

The bar owner legally registered the trademark Starbock, noting correctly that a) he’s not selling coffee, and b) “no one can own every word that comes after ‘Star.’”

In a related court filing Starbucks is suing the estate of Herman Melville for the late author’s 1851 novel Moby Dick in which the first mate is named Starbuck, claiming trademark infringement.

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