A consortium that includes consumer-electronics companies Samsung, Sony and LG has released specifications for a breed of cable that can carry computer data, video and audio signals and electricity. The first version of the cable, which is to be called HDBaseT and boasts a maximum length of 320 feet, is expected to be able to produce data throughput of 100 megabits per second and transmit electricity as well as video signals to TVs, with full HD and 3-D capabilities.
Nearly 6 million 3-D TVs will be shipped this year, according to projections by IMS Research. Over the next five years, the price difference between 2-D and 3-D devices is expected to shrink, and consumers are likely to opt for devices with the newer technology, the report said.
Apple is in the midst of a major face-lift on its TV project, according to a published report that quotes sources close to the project as saying the company is developing a new interface as part of a complete software upgrade. While the report noted that it remained unclear whether Apple was preparing a brand-new product or just a software upgrade, it suggested a new design might be based on the company's iOS operating system.
Juniper Networks said it has formed a partnership with ADVA Optical Networking even though the companies say they are not certain at this point what they will produce. Juniper pointed to ADVA's multiplexing capabilities as a key driver of the venture, saying it will invest $3 million in ADVA to retain a modest 1% stake.
A newly announced $795 million in broadband stimulus funds will support about 900 rural health care facilities through investments in 66 fresh projects that will reportedly create up to 5,000 jobs and provide an economic jolt in badly depressed areas, according to the grant recipients.