Tech Watch: CES showcases new technology and deals

Digital technology solutions provider NDS, which has one of its main design centers in Jerusalem, unveiled its next generation TV technologies and applications.

January 9, 2006 07:39
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Wireless communications company Motorola Inc. and search engine Google Inc. signed an agreement to enable easy access to Google on Motorola handsets, the companies announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas late last week. Motorola will integrate a Google icon on select devices so users can connect directly to Google anytime, anywhere at the click of a button. The Google-equipped handsets will be distributed from early this year to select Motorola customers around the world. Also at CES, digital technology solutions provider NDS, which has one of its main design centers in Jerusalem, unveiled its next generation TV technologies and applications. These include a new entertainment server system that can stream HD content to three different rooms in a house; new XSPACE software bringing Internet media to the living room through set top boxes; and its new DIRECTV Plus DVR incorporating a number of the most advanced NDS XTV technology features. Toshiba, meanwhile, launched its new gigabyte series of media players at CES, giving the possibility to download full movies onto one computer chip. Part of the chip was developed in Israel by Freescale Semiconductor based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile program. Bynet Communications has won a NIS 7 million contract to establish a telephone services center for cable company HOT, at its new premises in Yakum. Bynet will integrate an Internet Protocol (IP) solution based on products suitable for businesses supplied by Nortel. Bynet will deliver an end to end solution deploying a passive infrastructure, a LAN network capable of serving 1,400 users and a wireless network using the WiFi technology. Bynet beat out competition from Taldor, Netcom, and IBM to win the contract. HP Israel has completed the consolidation of SAP systems and migration of the computer environment at the Dead Sea works, a project valued at NIS 1.4m. The Dead Sea Works centralized computer includes 16 operating systems using the HP-UX and Microsoft Windows environment, serving 1,400 users dispersed between Israel and Europe. Hod Hasharon-based Accesscom, a distributor of networking solutions, signed an agreement with secure networks provider Enterasys Networks to serve as the sole distributing agent for Enterasys in Israel. Accesscom CEO David Lehana said the deal would be worth about $1m. to the company in the first year of operation. The Communications Ministry, in cooperation with the Israeli police, closed down 236 pirate radio stations in 2005. This was a slight decrease from the 2004 figure of 265 stations, though an increase from 2003 when 229 stations were closed and from 2002 when 156 illegal broadcasters were shut down.

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