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  • Sky Datamann, Compaq, and Streaming21 have teamed up to deliver broadband streaming services in Hong Kong. Compaq will supply a high-availability infrastructure that uses the company's eight-way ProLiant servers. Meanwhile, the Compaq systems integration team will provide software solutions and technology integration services based on Streaming21's carrier-class streaming technology. This joint solution will let Sky Datamann offer best-of-breed, real-time, and on-demand multimedia broadband streaming services.

  • Spectrian Corp., a designer and maker of ultralinear power amplifiers for the wireless infrastructure market, will sell its UltraRF semiconductor division to Cree Inc., a provider of silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductor technology for power amplifier applications. Cree will supply Spectrian with RF power semiconductors for the next two years. The companies also have a one-year agreement to develop ad-vanced technologies related to LDMOS, high-linearity and gain driver modules, high-efficiency LDMOS power modules, and SiC MESFET components.

  • Axis Communications, a network-connectivity provider, and Fibrenetix, a storage manufacturer, have signed a strategic business agreement. The Axis StorPoint NAS 100 server will be included in a complete Fibrenetix product offered in the U.K., Germany, and Spain.

  • Hewlett-Packard has aligned itself with subscription-computing company eFrame Technology Solutions LLC through the HP Garage program. This move will let HP enter the emerging subscription-computing industry. HP will be the primary provider of computer hardware, software, and middleware for eFrame, servicing small- to mid-sized businesses on a monthly basis.

  • STMicroelectronics and Lara Networks Inc., a provider of Internet infrastructure solutions, have announced a long-term agreement to co-develop and co-market high-performance search engines. These engines will be based on Lara's Associative Processing Technology and STMicroelectronics' deep submicron process technology. These products will address wire-speed deep-packet processing needs.

  • Alpha Industries has announced the extension of its partnership with Metricom Inc. to provide components for Metricom's high-speed network. Alpha will deliver additional volume shipments of GaAs and RF components for use in Metricom's high-speed Ricochet mobile data network.

  • Motorola Inc. and Aura Communications have signed a strategic agreement to expand the development and implementation of Aura's short-range wireless communication technology. As per the agreement, Motorola Ventures has made an equity investment in privately held Aura Communications.

  • Insilco Technologies Inc. has acquired Texas-based Rockwall Precision Cable Manufacturing Co., a provider of insulated wire and cable assemblies and wire harnesses servicing a wide array of automotive, telecom, and medical applications. This move will expand the company's reach into the automotive and telecom industries.

  • Motorola Inc. has signed a 3G contract with Alltel, a communications and information services company, for 3G CDMA 2000 1x standards-based hardware and software. Once the system is fully installed in New Orleans and Baton Rouge in 2001, Alltel will provide its customers with high-speed wireless packet data services with initial data speeds of 144 kbits/s.

  • IBM will invest $300 million to build an organic chip packaging manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China, to support its growing semiconductor business. The facility is part of IBM's recently announced $5 billion worldwide investment plan. The facility will produce electronic cards and high-technology chip carriers incorporating IBM's packaging technologies, Surface Laminar circuitry, and HyperBGA, which are used in wired and wireless networking applications.

  • Verizon Wireless has announced the creation of its new Wireless Data and Internet Services division. It will focus on product development, the deployment of technologies, and the marketing of wireless services. The unit will also work to create a more efficient network infrastructure for the company's data operations, including its Mobile Web product.

  • Service availability Internet infrastructure software provider GoAhead Software and embedded computing company Force Computers will integrate GoAhead's cross-platform service availability SelfReliant 7000 software on selected Force High Availability CompactPCI platforms. The software and hardware combination supports mission-critical solutions for environments with stringent uptime needs.

  • Metroworks, a Motorola company specializing in software development tools, has invested $22.5 million in Lineo Inc., a provider of embedded, real-time Linux services. Lineo and Metroworks will integrate Lineo's Embedix with Metroworks' CodeWarrior integrated development environment. CodeWarrior for Embedix will support Motorola processor architectures, including PowerPC, ColdFire, M-CORE, and 68k.

  • Qualcomm Inc., a provider of CDMA digital wireless technology, and Spirent Communications, a supplier of performance-analysis solutions, have entered into a CDMA test-equipment license agreement. Qualcomm has granted Spirent a royalty-bearing license to use its CDMA technology and patents to design and market test equipment products for current and 3G CDMA and 1xEV (HDR) applications. Additionally, Spirent can purchase Qualcomm's advanced chip-set and system software solutions.
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