High-Speed CVD31XT Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter Joins Extensive Family of NETGEAR Products for Cable Operators

NETGEAR(R), Inc. a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced that its embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter for cable operators, Cable eMTA (CVD31XT), for delivering Data and Packetcable(TM) Voice, received DOCSIS(R) 3.0 and PacketCable 1.5 certification in CableLabs(R) Certification Wave 64. DOCSIS 3.0 specifies support for at least four bonded channels downstream and four bonded channels upstream. The resulting data rates of up to 160 Mbps downstream and 120 Mbps upstream enable cable operators to provide blazing fast Internet service and the most advanced service offerings available to residential and Small- to Medium-sized Business (SMB) customers.

“We’re very pleased to be able to offer the DOCSIS 3.0 and PacketCable 1.5-certified CVD31XT to our cable operator customers worldwide. It provides voice service capability combined with the strategic performance advantage of DOCSIS 3.0, which gives them a competitive advantage in Triple Play service delivery,” said David James, director of product management for NETGEAR. “Achieving these Certifications from CableLabs for our eMTA is yet another milestone in innovation for NETGEAR as we continue to expand our product line designed specifically to serve the cable market.”

NETGEAR’s certified CVD31XT Cable eMTA enables service providers to offer unprecedented speeds on a Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) broadband network, as well as delivering two voice lines. The dynamic CVD31XT Cable eMTA is future-proof with Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and is also backwards compatible with DOCSIS 2.0, DOCSIS 1.1 and DOCSIS 1.0. It supports remote management and provisioning, simple plug-in installation, and post-installation manageability with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). In addition, it offers both USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet ports so users can take full advantage of their high-speed WAN connections for enjoying the broadest spectrum of multimedia, including IP telephony, instant high-speed Web access, file sharing, multimedia conferencing, video streaming and download, high performance gaming, and MP3 downloading. The CVD31XT also comes equipped with a back-up battery to maintain service during power failures.

NETGEAR’s CVD31XT Cable eMTA joins an expanding family of CableLabs-Certified(R) NETGEAR products that enable cable operators to offer advanced home networking services to their subscribers. NETGEAR has a complete portfolio of interoperable residential and SMB Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), enabling service providers to control the deployment and operation of new services that increase revenues while reducing installation complexity and follow-up customer support. More information on NETGEAR’s CPE offerings for cable operators can be found at: (http://www.netgear.com/Solutions/BroadbandServiceProviders.aspx).


NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 by PNY with 4GB of Frame Memory

New NVIDIA Quadro(R) FX 5800 by PNY and NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 by PNY provide state-of-the-art, high-demand graphics performance for a wide range of intensive styling, oil and gas exploration, broadcast and film, and scientific applications

PNY Technologies(R) today announced the immediate availability of its new ultra high-performance graphic boards, the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 by PNY and NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 by PNY. Both of these highly scalable GPU accelerated solutions are also available in Genlock/framelock and HD-SDI versions. Based on NVIDIA’s second generation unified architecture, and offering up to 4GB GPU memory, an industry-first, these new additions to the NVIDIA Quadro FX product line are designed to handle massive datasets and specialized needs for the Visualization & Simulation, Oil & Gas Exploration and Broadcast & Film markets.

“GraphStream is pleased to work together with PNY and NVIDIA to launch a new generation of innovative platforms based on the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 by PNY,” said Craig Dunwoody, CEO, GraphStream Incorporated. “Relative to previous platforms, we are offering improvements of up to 200% – 400% in the performance and capacity of the GPUs. This will bring dramatic efficiency gains to a wide range of technical-computing applications.”

“With its enormous 4GB frame buffer and high performance, the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 SDI by PNY provides GPU-centric applications like ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH with immediate benefits and huge potential going forward,” said Jeff Edson, president and CEO, ASSIMILATE.

“By combining advanced visualization and computational performance, these latest additions to the NVIDIA Quadro FX ultra high-end professional graphics board family enable our partners to deliver next generation solutions for large scale clusters, aerospace image generators, tiled wall displays, high-definition projection, as well as film and broadcast applications,” said Jeff Medeiros, senior business development manager, PNY Technologies.

The new line up includes:

  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 by PNY: Offering the industries first 4 GB of graphics memory and massive memory bandwidth of up to 102 GB per second and 240 CUDA(TM) programmable parallel cores, the Quadro FX 5800 by PNY is the most powerful professional graphics board in graphics history.
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 by PNY: Features a large 1.5 GB frame buffer with 76.8GB/sec memory bandwidth. It delivers a second-generation NVIDIA unified architecture GPU delivering up to 50% increased performance over first generation products through 192 processor cores.

Both ultra high performance graphics boards are available in a:

  • Genlock/frame lock version: capabilities provide the functionality required for advanced multi-system visualization environments.
  • SDI version: Delivering uncompressed SDI output in 2K, HD or SD format, these graphics boards are the ultimate HD-SDI “live-to-air” Broadcast and Film solution.

Other standout features include: Interactive 4D modeling with time lapse capabilities; true 10-bit color enabling billions rather than millions of color variations for rich, vivid image quality with the broadest dynamic range; NVIDIA SLI(TM) technology for improved graphics performance; dual DisplayPort support for ultra-high resolution panels (up to 2560 x 1600); quad buffered stereo connector; dual-link DVI-I display connectivity; NVIDIA PureVideo(TM) HD technology for outstanding picture clarity, smooth video playback, and accurate color and precise image scaling for SD and HD content; and full Shader Model 4.0 and DirectX 10 capability support as well as full industry-standard OpenGL 2.1 support for Windows or Linux.

The NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 by PNY and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 by PNY professional graphics boards are available to system integrators, value-added resellers, and distributors throughout North and South America. PNY Technologies, Inc is the exclusive NVIDIA Quadro partner for the Americas and Europe. All products in the NVIDIA Quadro by PNY series come with a three-year warranty (one year standard plus two additional years upon completion of a registration form on PNY Technologies’ web site).

For additional information, visit PNY Technologies web site at www.pny.com/quadro.


New Social Networking Site Encourages Consumers to Learn and Share How Technology Can Bring Families Closer Together

Panasonic, a market and technology leader in High Definition consumer and digital electronics products, today launched a new online social networking community — www.LivinginHD.com – inspired by the company’s successful Living In High Definition Family program.

The interactive forum is designed to inspire ideas and spark conversation among people across the country, including current Living in HD Family program participants, through videos, photos, project ideas and community dialogue.   Visitors to www.LivinginHD.com will have the opportunity to share their personal experiences of how technology has enriched their lives and learn how to maximize their enjoyment of High Definition products from others who have posted their experiences.

Members new to the community will benefit from the real-life expertise of participants in Panasonic’s ongoing Living in HD Family program.  To date, 44 diverse families from across the United States have already begun experiencing life in High Definition with a full suite of interconnected High Definition products including VIERA Flat Panel HDTV’s, home theater systems, Blu-ray Disc players, LUMIX digital cameras and HD camcorders.  The site already includes posts and video clips generated by these families which share their insights, opinions and advice about how easy, fun and satisfying it is to use HD technology in everyday life.

“Panasonic’s new Living in HD Web site is an evolving community inspired by the original families in our LiHD program that teaches and motivates visitors to use technology more creatively in their everyday lives,” said Bob Greenberg, vice president of brand marketing for Panasonic.  “And with the digital switch only two months away, the site is also a valuable resource to talk to and learn from real people, not technicians, about how to get the most from your HD products by using them in new and exciting ways.”

The site is organized into eight sections.  “Come Together” showcases member profiles.  “Inspirational Ideas” provides a wide range of project ideas and entries created by the LiHD families to “ignite your creative spark.”  The “How-To” section features member videos and posted tips that provide answers to frequently asked questions about how to get the most out of HD products.  “Talk It Out” includes discussion forums on a variety of topics, from organizing and sharing online photo albums to the best programs for families to watch in HD. This section also has an extensive FAQ list with more answers to a wide range of topics including how to join the LiHD community, what to know before buying HD products, and specifics about different HD product categories.  “HD Gear” provides information about Panasonic’s HD product line as well as a link to purchase products.  “Community Buzz” is home to the community blog; this section also enables viewers to take a virtual tour of the Panasonic Living in HD Mobile Tour, and shares tour dates and locations across the country.  “We Are” includes a description of the community and links to create an account or apply to become a Living in HD household.

In addition to encouraging people to join the Living in HD online community, Panasonic is continuing to accept applications to participate in its Living in HD family program.  Launched in August 2007, the Living in HD program was created to understand how people’s lives will change as they become aware of the full potential of High Definition products. This program has become a strategic hub for HD consumer product development at Panasonic.

“The High Definition Era is in its infant stages globally and we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of its incredible potential,” said Greenberg.  “As a leader in the development of High Definition technology, we created the LiHD program as a way to directly engage the people HD will impact the most – consumers – and apply our learnings from them into the development of interconnected products that truly deliver the best and most impactful HD experiences for people.”

Panasonic is continuing to increase the number of participating families in the program from its current 44.  Anyone interested in participating in the program can apply online.


New release enables Smartsheet access from iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Mobile platforms

Smartsheet.com, a collaborative work management company, launched support for the leading smart phone platforms, including iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Mobile. The new offering makes it possible for Smartsheet subscribers to securely access their information from the convenience of their mobile device.

Smartsheet Mobile provides users with the means of accessing any Smartsheet or Smartsheet Report in real time via their mobile browser. No installation is required; customers simply click on the Customer Login button on www.smartsheet.com.

Smartsheet Mobile allows knowledge workers to view the current state of personal and shared work items and to retrieve frequently accessed information such as status, customer information, or reference materials. A 30-day free trial of Smartsheet Mobile is available with new accounts.

“Today’s mobile worker needs convenient access to information regardless of location,” said Mark Mader, CEO of Smartsheet.com. “Smartsheet Mobile is designed to provide those users with an experience tailored for the compact screen of the iPhone and BlackBerry.”

Smartsheet’s own research, based on surveys of its customer base, indicated that users have a preference for mobile tools. For Smartsheet users, the ability to view the current state of personal and shared information led the next closest action by a factor of 4:1. In order of what functions Smartsheet users stated they would most frequently use from their mobile device:

  • View sheet or report (64%)
  • Edit existing information (15%)
  • Send information or request an update on existing information (14%)
  • Add new information (7%)

“I’m feeling less and less compelled to bring my laptop everywhere,” said Brad Jefferson, CEO of Animoto.com. “Today’s mobile devices are as robust as PCs and mission-critical work applications – like Smartsheet – are now accessible from virtually anywhere.”

Smartsheet.com

Launched in 2005 and based in Bellevue, Washington, Smartsheet.com is privately-held Software as a Service (SaaS) provider that gives people a fast, easy way to get things done. Smartsheet makes teams more efficient and productive through online work collaboration.


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