* Optibase, SeaChange to go after IPTV
Optibase will integrate its carrier-class media gateways with SeaChange International’s TV Platform. Optibase’s telco and hybrid network customers will be able to use the combined systems to deliver rich media over xDSL and other IP-based networks.
The Optibase Media Gateway family, designed for IPTV applications, encodes, transcodes, transmits and recasts live video in real-time. The SeaChange TV Platform, meanwhile, is an IPTV solution that includes modular client/set-top, network and back office software options supporting the delivery of a variety of subscriber services.
* Motorola interested in France’s Sagem
Motorola is sniffing around French mobile phone and fax company Sagem. Sagem’s parent company is looking to spin off the operation. Ronald Garriques, the head of Motorola’s mobile devices business, was quoted by French paper Le Figaro, saying, “We have a serious interest in Sagem. It’s an option in a sector that is in the process of consolidating … I do not know yet if we will get it.”
* Conexant buys Zarlink’s packet switching business
Conexant Systems purchased Zarlink Semiconductor’s packet switching business for $5 million cash. Zarlink’s packet switching product line includes a range of Fast Ethernet aggregation switches for network access equipment. Conexant said the technology is complementary to its DSL central office (CO) products.
* C-COR moves into the black in first quarter
C-COR reported Q1 sales of $69.6 million, exceeding the $63.5 million logged in the first quarter last year. Net income was $1.6 million, compared to a net loss of $14.8 million for the same period last year. C-COR said it anticipates net sales for its second quarter ending December 29, 2006, will be between $68.5 million and $72.5 million.
* Y-Tel completes buy of Sunrise Broadband
Y-Tel International has completed its stock-swap acquisition of Sunrise Broadband Group, which spent the previous year or so buying small rural communications companies. Y-Tel’s business plan is the same – to grow through strategic acquisitions and mergers, upgrade the rural systems it buys, and deliver broadband services.
* Widevine collects watermarking patent
Widevine Technologies said the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office has issued a new patent which provides intellectual property protection for watermarking of multimedia content. The new patent is intended to provide a licensed solution providing a system and method for session-based watermarking of encrypted content. Widevine already holds several U.S. patents on the technology.