Transforms Coaxial Cable Networks By
Data at Gigabit Per Second Speed
Semiconductors and Embedded Internet Solutions
One-Chip Solution for Digital Convergence
Systems and Alias|Wavefront Announce Effort to
Interactive Visualization Solutions
Story of the Issue
Good Legislation or a Threat to the US
to Offer Slim Speaker for Mobile Phones
Wireless and Stanford University Help
Definition of Non-LOS
and Siggraph Announcements
to Bring 3D to Web and Broadcast Applications
VR for max 4
Announces Geomagic Studio 4
Animation Systems to Offer Animo 4.0 for Mac
Supports Kaydara FBX Format
Technologies Ships 30 Millionth Optical Mouse
Technologies - Digital Video Transmission Over
Groups Announce Viewperf Version and Benchmarks
SolidWorks 2001, Unigraphics V17 and 3ds max 4
Transforms Coaxial Cable Networks By Transmitting Data at Gigabit
Per Second Speed
Networks, a broadband IP services infrastructure company, has
announced the Narad Ultra Broadband Modem (UBM) chip set, which
they claim will enable full-duplex Gigabit Ethernet transmission
(1,000 million bits per second) on the coaxial portion of the
existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC) plant by leveraging previously
unused spectrum in the HFC plant between 860 MHz and 2 GHz.
Narad UBM chip set implements an ultra broadband data modulation
scheme at RF frequencies between 900 MHz and 2 GHz, leaving existing
cable modem applications less than 860 MHz completely unaffected.
It also uses analog signal processing techniques at Gbps speeds
while performing all modem functions in the analog domain, resulting
in minimum cost, space and power usage.
in silicon germanium (SiGe), the UBM chip set is just one part
of Narad's Virtual Fiber architecture, which includes broadband
access technology and a service delivery software platform. SiGe
technology, a derivative of silicon technology developed by IBM
Research enables increased performance at high RF frequencies
and at lower costs than alternative technologies.
Networks is entering into field trials of its Virtual Fiber solution
in Q4 2001 with product availability slated
for Q1 2002.
out more about the existing cable plant and Narad Network’s solution
Semiconductors and Embedded Internet Solutions Provide One-Chip
Solution for Digital Convergence Market
Semiconductors has announced its plan with Embedded Internet
Solutions (EIS) to provide a one-chip solution for the digital
convergence market. EIS, a provider of embedded software for
Internet appliances, will provide Philips Semiconductors customers
with software design and development services for its TriMedia
TM1300 series of one-chip solution processors. EIS' iPanel MicroBrowser
is architectured for embedded systems with special considerations
towards portability, resource usage, and hardware requirements.
As a browser engine, iPanel supports application plug-ins and
is in compliance with the latest open standards such as HTML
Systems and Alias|Wavefront Announce Effort to Provide Interactive
Systems, a provider of immersive visualization systems, and Alias|Wavefront,
an SGI company and provider of software for computer-aided industrial
design (CAID), announced that they are collaborating to advance
interaction in design and virtual environments. The relationship
will focus on the development and marketing of technologies to
support intuitive interaction with computer-generated models
in large-scale visualization environments such as the Fakespace
Systems WorkWall and CAVE.
August 14-16, the companies will have a public demonstration
of the stereoscopic viewing feature of StudioTools 9.7 3D software
operating on a Fakespace Systems flat wall display. The demonstration,
in Fakespace Systems' booth at Siggraph,
will illustrate true stereoscopic visualization in industrial
design and modeling.
Story of the Issue
Good Legislation or a Threat to the US Economy?
April 24, 2001, Representatives W.J. Tauzin (R.-La.) and John
Dingell (D.-Mich.) introduced the “Internet Freedom and Broadband
Deployment Act” (H.R. 1542) in the House of Representatives.
The bill proposes an amendment to the Communications Act of 1934
that would prohibit the FCC (Federal Communications Commission)
and individual states from regulating an ILEC’s (Incumbent Local
Exchange Carrier’s - Verizon, SBC, Qwest and BellSouth) entry
into the long distance data services market. Current regulation
requires that the ILECs prove that they have provided UNEs (Unbundled
access to Network Elements) and high-speed data services at wholesale
rates to competitors, before entering the long distance market.
In the bill, both requirements would be lifted.
its introduction, the bill has been referred to the House Committee
on Energy and Commerce, which voted their approval 32 to 23.
On May 24th, it was passed to the House Committee on the Judiciary,
which gave the bill an unfavorable recommendation, and asked
that anti-trust approval be required before allowing ILECs to
offer long-distance data services (June 18th). The bill has been
cosponsored by 112 other representatives. Among the bill’s other
supporters is the US Industry Internet Association.
statement on Representative Dingell’s Web site claims that H.R.
2420 (now 1542) would give consumers the opportunity to choose
their broadband provider, a freedom which has been denied due
to, “The rapid consolidation of ownership in both the cable (AT&T)
and Internet backbone (MCI WorldCom/Sprint) industries…” Representative
Tauzin agrees, claiming that the Bell companies need a friendlier
regulatory environment in order to compete with cable operators.
An estimated 70% of broadband consumers use cable modems for
of the bill hope that dropping restrictions for the Bell companies
(ILECs) will result in an increased investment in broadband technologies.
This, in turn, could facilitate the expansion of backbone hubs
into all areas, a critical step given the fact that 60% of States
have only 2 or 3 backbone hubs, and several lack any backbone
structure at all.
Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) are opposed to Tauzin-Dingell,
claiming that their future depends on the shared infrastructure
of the ILECs – an arrangement that would be eroded if FCC regulation
is terminated. But since CLECs are new to the market, most do
not have the financial resources that help ILECs apply lobbyist
pressure in Washington. To their benefit, though, CLECs have
found support with long distance providers such as Worldcom and
AT&T and cable companies like AOL Time Warner. These allies
have partnered in opposition to the bill’s passage.
Chris Cannon (R-Utah) and John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) also oppose
Tauzin-Dingell and have introduced a bill entitled the American
Broadband Competition Act of 2001 (H.R. 1698), which would support
CLEC efforts in two ways. First, it would overturn a 7th Circuit
Court of Appeals case, which found that anti-trust laws do not
apply to the telecommunications industry due to the enforcement
measures inherent in the Telecom Act itself. Second, it would
prohibit the co-marketing of advanced services with traditional
telecommunications services by the providers.
groups have gotten involved as well. One such group, Tech Central
Station, has published several reports evaluating the impact
of the Tauzin-Dingell bill on the US economy. Their latest report,
“Competition in Telecommunications and Economic Growth,” claims
that by decreasing competition in the data services market, the
bill could cause, “A reduction of gross U.S. economic output
of between $57 billion and $88 billion by 2006.”
report points out that the bill’s introduction and consideration
has already damaged efforts by existing CLECs to find adequate
funding and to provide affordable services to consumers. In fact,
according to the report, the market value of CLECs declined 84%
between March 2000 to May 2001. In addition, a Telecommunications
International report claims that increasing ISP failures have
resulted in a smaller Internet population Q1 2001.
to the report’s authors, this trend is not only of concern to
the telecommunications industry, but would also affect the entire
IT industry by decreasing investment and eliminating competition,
which could increase prices and slow broadband development. In
addition, if competition is stalled long-term, the reverberations
would be seen in the US GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
As mentioned earlier, the author’s estimate that this reduction
in IT capital might result in a decrease in the total GDP of
between $57-88 billion.
for HR 1542 or 1698)
to Offer Slim Speaker for Mobile Phones
Electronic Components and Matsushita Electric Industrial said
they have jointly developed a receiver speaker named the "SS
(super slim)" for mobile phones and personal digital assistants.
Matsushita Electronic Components started shipping samples in
August, and plans to begin volume production of 2 million units
a month in September.
receiver adapts Matsushita's original rectangular magnetic circuit
structure, but reduces the receiver size to 6mm long, 15mm wide,
and 2.5mm high. The current size is 10mm in diameter and 2.6mm
high. The receiver weighs 0.49g, compared with 0.52g for the
current version. As a result, its mounting area is reduced to
90mm, while the current area is 102mm.
also changed the shape of its voice coil to a rectangular structure,
which has an aspect ratio of 3, from the conventional circular
ones, and has attained the high output sound pressure level of
111dB/1mW at 1kHz signal.
for the receiver diaphragm development, Matsushita has attained
several characteristics: 1) low resonance frequency in spite
of keeping the same thickness of its diaphragm, 2) equal shock-resistant
ability to the conventional circular diaphragms through development
of new diaphragm materials, and 3) adaptation
of the receiver diaphragm called "high-linear diaphragm" being
developed through CAD simulations to optimize the shape of the
Wireless and Stanford University Help Standardize Definition
Wireless, a provider of fixed wireless broadband multiple antenna
technology, has announced that the IEEE 802.16 Working Group
on Broadband Wireless Access Standards has unanimously accepted
the Channel Models for Fixed Wireless Applications submitted
by a group of industry participants led by Iospan Wireless and
Stanford University. This action provides fixed wireless service
providers and vendors of broadband wireless access equipment
with a standardized industry definition of Non-Line-of-Sight
defining the problems that all fixed wireless solutions must
be built to solve, these channel models will have an effect on
service providers who are deploying next-generation broadband
systems. One US carrier already has the capability to test to
these benchmarks in lab conditions, and was a co-contributor
for these models.
Channel Models for Fixed Wireless Applications were ratified
at the 802.16.a’s session number 14, held last month in Portland,
and Siggraph Announcements
to Bring 3D to Web and Broadcast Applications
a provider of Web based 3D technologies, has announced that it
has joined forces with the Web3D Consortium and a number of browser
companies, including Blaxxun, OpenWorlds and Nexternet, to develop
the X3D open standard as a successor to VRML, bringing real-time
3D graphics to the Web and broadcast applications.
("extensible 3D") is being developed under the Web3D
Consortium's standardization process that provides open access
to the specification to all interested companies, and eventual
submission to the International Standards Organization for ratification.
The X3D standard enables the creation and deployment of 3D graphics,
including small, lightweight Web clients with advanced 3D capabilities,
and the integration of 3D into broadcast and embedded devices.
has adopted a component-based architecture that breaks the areas
of functionality into discrete components enabling compact 3D
clients. This consists of a lightweight "core" X3D
component compatible with VRML97. Extensions are being added
to the core to further enhance the functionality of X3D and meet
the demands of vertical applications.
Web3D Consortium is working with the MPEG-4 group and the X3D
standard is intended to form the core of MPEG-4's ongoing 3D
integration activities. The Consortium is also working with the
W3C to integrate X3D with XML. The X3D standardization work includes
an extension registry to be maintained by the Web3D Consortium
to enable any company to ship extensions to X3D and innovate
within a standard framework. The aim is also to
encourage and enable multiple companies to agree on common extensions
to guarantee widespread content inter-operability.
VR for max 4
C Technology BV has announced the release of VR4MAX, a real-time,
interactive virtual reality (VR) environment that can be used
to view, check and distribute 3ds max 4 models. VR4MAX is a joint
development between Tree C Technology and Calibre.
is an OpenGL based VR environment that provides navigation through
a 3D virtual environment using a desktop mouse and workstation
monitor. Its bi-directional interface enables the export of all
3ds max geometric objects, shapes, cameras and lights as well
as other volumetric objects like particles. Used within max,
the system supports the export of texture and environment mapping.
Peripherals including Stereographic’s Crystal Eyes and 3D input
devices like LogiCad3D’s SpaceMouse are also supported.
versions are available for distribution together with the exported
max model to enable production clients to evaluate and annotate
work in progress.
Announces Geomagic Studio 4
Geomagic has announced Geomagic Studio 4, a release of the company’s
3D photography software. Geomagic Studio 4 includes features
for registering and processing multiple scans and color data;
automatic color, texture and bump mapping; boolean polygon editing;
and macros that simplify sequential tasks. The software provides
multi-threaded operations and wrapping algorithms that are faster
than previous methods. Geomagic Studio 4 is scheduled for release
Geomagic Studio 4 suite includes Geomagic Capture, software introduced
in June that simplifies processing of any kind of point data
from 3D cameras, digitizers and coordinate measurement machines
(CMMs). The availability of Geomagic Capture in the suite provides
a link between line-of-sight scanners and Geomagic Studio. It
also enables access to multi-threaded operations for handling
of the Geomagic Capture functionality including global and partial
registration, support of native scanning data formats, multi-threaded
operations, automatic small-hole filling, and fast wrap triangulation
is now part of Geomagic Studio 4.
support is now included by default in Geomagic Studio 4. If input
data includes color information (x,y,z,r,g,b), true 3D color
and bump maps are created to generate textured 3D models with
all the visual attributes of the original part or object. Texture
mapping is captured and processed on the fly, eliminating post-processing.
Studio also provides boolean operations for both solid and open-surface
polygon models. A CAD part can be imported into Geomagic Studio
4 and merged with the scanned polygonal model, producing a ready-to-prototype
part with all of the mathematical accuracy of the CAD part.
Studio 4 allows users to create their own macros for performing
different functions in sequence. The interface for the macro
program works like a tape recorder, allowing novice users to
automate regularly performed tasks without programming.
features within Geomagic Studio 4 include:
engraving onto polygon models
hole filling for large holes
geometric primitives such as circles and cylinders
Animation Systems to Offer Animo 4.0 for Mac OS X
Animation Systems has announced a version of its Animo 4.0 software
for the Mac OS X. The Animo cartoon animation system has an installed
base of more than 3,000 seats in over 50 countries worldwide.
Animo 4.0 for Mac OS X is scheduled to ship in September.
Flash output in Animo 4.0 allows users to take advantage of Animo’s
scene graph, exposure sheet, drawing window, filters and effects
to create animations. Controls such as disabling filter nodes
and disabling animation of any bitmap image are also available
to reduce the sizes of Flash files for the low bandwidth of the
in Animo 4.0 for Mac OS X include:
·Scanning and image processing to digitize and vectorize
hand-drawn line artwork.
·Tools to scan painted backgrounds and overlays.
·Color modeling, with color correction tools.
·Fast ink and paint application.
·Graph-based compositor with special effects.
·High-resolution output for TV, HDTV or film.
·Output to files, movies, digital disk recorders or Macromedia
Flash (.swf) output.
Supports Kaydara FBX Format
and ExpressionTools announced support in Shade for Kaydara's
FBX authoring file format. ExpressionTools will integrate support
for FBX into upcoming versions of its Shade line of 3D products.
Common customers of Shade and Kaydara FiLMBOX will now have a
pathway for the acquisition and authoring of mixedmedia content,
wherein 3D animation, video, and audio elements are unified in
for FBX in Shade will provide users with a data interchange format
that gives them access to Alias Maya, NewTek LightWave, discreet
3d studio max, RealViz Matchmover, and Softimage|3D data. Thanks
to compatibility between Shade and FBX format, users of other
packages will also have access to a volume of content already
created in Shade. This means they can produce more content in
less time, reducing production costs and improving the quality
of their content.
its support of the FBX initiative, ExpressionTools users will
also be able to integrate 3D content from companies such as Motek,
Turbosquid, Viewpoint, and Zygote, who have also announced their
support of Kaydara's centralized working file format.
Tools will begin worldwide shipment of the English version of Shade
v5 later this year.
Technologies Ships 30 Millionth Optical Mouse Sensor
Technologies has announced that it has shipped its 30 millionth
optical position sensor since release of the product in the fall
of 1999. Optical sensor technology works by taking thousands
of digital pictures per second with a resolution of 800 counts
per inch (CPI) to determine the movement of the on-screen cursor.
Optical mice offer more precise pointing and movement than mechanical
mice. And because optical mice have no ball or cavity, no cleaning
out more about Optical Mice at:
Technologies - Digital Video Transmission Over Wavelet Modulation
Technologies has announced the transmission of Digital Video
over its epoch setting Wavelet modem system. The company is a
fab-less developer and marketer of silicon modem solutions that
will enable cable operators to deliver carrier-class fiber speeds
over existing last mile broadband infrastructure.
more information on Wavelets Theory go to:
Groups Announce Viewperf Version and Benchmarks for SolidWorks
2001, Unigraphics V17 and 3ds max 4
OpenGL Performance Characterization (SPECopc) group has announced
a version of its Viewperf performance evaluation software and
a viewset based on 3ds max. The benchmark and viewset will be
available for free downloads on the SPEC/GPC web site early this
7.0 has been upgraded so that general state changes can be made
during frames, bringing the benchmark much closer to how applications
behave in the real world. Data traversal, facet color processing,
and display of lighting and textures can now be changed from
frame to frame.
3ds max viewset has been designed to take advantage of the features
within SPECviewperf 7.0. The viewset’s frames are based on traces
of graphics commands made while running 3ds max. As a result,
vendors and users can tune their graphics subsystems to the 3ds
max viewset and see performance improvements in the actual application.
3ds max viewset is based on an existing SPECapc benchmark. Although
the models might be the same, SPECviewperf and SPECapc benchmarks
serve audiences that tend to have different benchmarking needs,
according to Bill Licea-Kane of ATI, SPECopc’s chair.
measures the 3D rendering performance of systems running under
the OpenGL application programming interface (API). Viewsets
are the test files that run under SPECviewperf. Developed for
the SPECopc group by independent software vendors (ISVs), viewsets
represent the same mix of graphics rendering and manipulation
found in actual applications or a class of applications.
a similar announcement SPEC/GPC’s Application Performance Characterization
(SPECapc) project group announced benchmarks for SolidWorks 2001,
Unigraphics V17, and 3ds max 4. SPECapc for SolidWorks 2001 is
available for free downloading on the SPEC/GPC web site; SPECapc
for Unigraphics V17 and SPECapc for 3ds max 4 are scheduled for
release before the end of September.
for SolidWorks 2001 is an upgrade of the original SolidWorks
99 benchmark developed by SolidWorks and later enhanced by SPECapc.
The benchmark represents typical working patterns of a SolidWorks
2001 CAD/CAM user. Features include a model of a Suzuki engine
that contains 2.25-million vertices, replicated models to increase
complexity, and an increase in resolution to 1280 x 1024 and
in color depth to 24 bits per pixel.
for Unigraphics V17 is a new benchmark developed by UGS that
reflects functionality and features in the latest version of
the CAD/CAM application. Models include an engine assembly containing
more than 400,000 vertices, and an intake manifold assembly containing
more than 200,000 vertices. Both models are larger than those
used in SPECapc for Unigraphics V15.
for 3ds max 4 is an updated benchmark that runs on the latest
version of the 3D animation package. It uses the same models
and scenarios as the 3ds max benchmark that SPECapc introduced
last year. The benchmark was developed by CAT Production, a German
computer animation and special effects studio, and updated by
Both SPECopc and SPECapc are project groups of the Graphics Performance
Characterization (GPC) Group, which in turn is part of the Standard
Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC). SPEC is a non-profit corporation
formed to establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set
of relevant benchmarks that can be applied to high-performance
computers. SPEC’s membership includes computer hardware and software
vendors, and leading universities and research facilities worldwide.