TI delivers highest linearity, smallest dual, 16-bit, 800-MSPS interpolating DAC
DAC improves spectral performance, saves space and cost in wireless communications, software defined radio and test and measurement equipment
DALLAS, April 6 -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today introduced a 16-bit, 800-MSPS interpolating digital-to-analog converter (DAC), which provides 75 dBc third-order intermodulation distortion (IMD3) at 200 MHz. Offered in a 7-mm x 7-mm QFN package, the DAC3283 is also the smallest DAC in its class, saving valuable board space in wireless communications, software defined radio (SDR), test and measurement, and power amplifier linearization applications. Incorporating a single byte wide differential interface, the DAC3283 reduces data input pins by 50 percent, allowing designers to choose a lower-cost FPGA or ASIC to precede the DAC. For more information and to order samples, visit http://www.ti.com/dac3283-pr.
Key features and benefits of the DAC3283
-- Single-carrier WCDMA adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACLR) of 81 dBc
for 153 MHz IF offers improved spectral performance while simplifying
-- Selectable 2x/4x interpolator filters allow for lower reduced data
input rates, while taking advantage of up to 800-MSPS DAC rates.
-- I/Q phase and offset correction provides better performance when
driving quadrature modulators (TRF370417) in demanding 3G, 4G and
multi-carrier systems with transmit frequencies from 50 MHz to 6 GHz.
-- Multi-DAC synchronization support reduces design complexity for
diversity and smart antenna radios.
Tools, availability and packaging
The DAC3283 is available now in a 48-pin, 7-mm x 7-mm QFN package. Pricing is $26.95 in 1,000-unit quantities. The footprint-compatible DAC3282, a 625-MSPS DAC optimized for baseband and low-IF transmitters with 2x interpolation and sinc-correction filter, is available and priced at $24.95. TI also offers the DAC3282 and DAC3283 evaluation modules (EVMs), complete with a transceiver chain that includes a high-performance clock generator (CDCE62005) and the TRF370417 quadrature modulator. The DAC EVMs are fully compatible with TI's TSW3100 pattern generator module to provide rapid evaluation.
Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to http://www.ti.com
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For the years ended December 31, 2009, the Company reported Net Operating Revenue of TWD 1,788,508,000 (US $56,022,177), a 57.8% decline from TWD 4,235,672,000 (US $132,675,709) in the prior year. Operating and non-operating factors lead to a Consolidated Net Loss of TWD 149,918,000 (US $4,695,944) for the year, compared to Consolidated Net Income of TWD 120,663,000 (US $3,779,577) in 2008. Earnings Per Share were TWD (1.41) [(US $0.04)] in 2009 versus TWD 1.12 (US $0.035) in 2008.
Sharply lower sales and pricing pressures contributed to a decline in the Company's Gross Profit margin from 22.4% in 2008 to 13.4% in 2009. In addition, several non-operating factors negatively affected earnings. One-time costs incurred in connection with the reduction of employees resulted in a charge of TWD 80,000,000 (US $2,505,873); inventory adjustments reduced earnings by TWD 51,879,000 (US $1,625,027); and the carrying value of a portfolio investment was written down, which reduced earnings by TWD 21,000,0000 (US $657,792).
Commenting on the Company's 2009 results, Ms. Claire Kuo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "2009 was a very disappointing year for SEYI. The global economic downturn adversely affected all of the markets for our products, causing an end to the Company's string of nine consecutive years of profitability."
Discussing SEYI's prospects for the current year, Ms. Kuo added, "However, SEYI will benefit from strong sales growth, improved margins and a stronger balance sheet in 2010. The Company is well positioned in mainland China which is driving growth, while improved pricing and lower costs due to actions taken during 2009 are already leading to increased operating margins."
SEYI, which files monthly unaudited financial information with the Taiwan Stock Exchange, reported that sales of TWD 293.7 million (US $9.2 million) for the first two months of 2010 were 56% higher than sales in the comparable period in 2008. Demand from mainland China remains strong. Mainland China sales during the two month period increased more than fourfold over last year and accounted for 53% of SEYI's total sales. Lead times for the delivery of new orders are 150 days. SEYI is adding workers and machining centers to meet the increased level of demand.
Note: TWD 31.925 to USD 1.0
Founded in 1962, SEYI has established a position of global leadership in the press building industry over the past 48 years. SEYI manufactures mechanical presses, ranging in size from 25 to 2400 tons, at facilities located in Taiwan and mainland China. At its original location in Taoyuan, Taiwan, SEYI operates a 12,500 square meter facility, and in 2003 the Company began production in China at an 11,000 square meter facility located in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province. Combined production capacity at the Taoyuan and Kunshan plants approaches 4,000 presses annually. Construction of a second 11,000 square meter facility in Kunshan was completed in 2009 and will begin production in 2010. The new facility in Kunshan will manufacture up to 600 presses annually, ranging in size from 300 to 4,000 tons. SEYI products have been sold to customers in over 40 countries around the world, and the Company is the dominant non-mainland supplier to China and foreign supplier to India, South East Asia and the Americas in terms of volume. SEYI is the recipient of numerous quality awards from around the world.
The Company completed an initial public offering of its common stock in 2002 and is traded on the Taiwanese OTC (4533 TT) market.
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Tel: +1-909-839-1151 x207
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PASCO Brings Science Education to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
SPARKvue Software Now Available for Download From the App Store
ROSEVILLE, Calif., April 6 -- A version of PASCO's state-of-the-art science learning software, SPARKvue(TM), is now available for the iPhone(TM), iPod touch® and the iPad(TM), the company announced today. The data collection and analysis software creates an environment for real-time measurement, data visualization and analysis that students can use wherever they go, inside or outside the classroom. It can be downloaded for free from the App Store(SM). Released April 2nd, the application has already been downloaded in 22 countries.
"We have optimized SPARKvue for use on the iPhone and iPod touch and, soon, the iPad, to give students and educators even greater flexibility to conduct real-time scientific investigations from anywhere the opportunity presents itself," said Wayne Grant, Ph.D., chief education officer at PASCO®. "Imagine being able to conduct an investigation on acceleration while riding on a roller coaster with these small and lightweight devices."
Students can measure a wide range of phenomena--including pH, temperature, force and carbon dioxide level--by connecting any one of PASCO's PASPORT® sensors to the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad via the PASPORT Airlink2(TM), a Bluetooth® wireless sensor interface. SPARKvue can also record data from the device's internal accelerometers, with no additional hardware needed. Data can be collected and displayed in graphs, digits, and meters and summarized with statistics.
SPARKvue is designed for scientific inquiry in biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, physics, and physical science. SPARKvue for the iPhone is part of PASCO's SPARKscience(TM) platform, a global 21st century science learning experience that integrates real scientific investigation with an entire research-based learning process that includes sensor-based data collection, interactive visualization and data analysis. The SPARKscience platform supports a wide range of displays and analysis tools, including the all-in-one SPARK Science Learning System(TM), Windows and Mac-based computers, interactive whiteboards, netbooks, and, now, handheld devices such as iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Price and Availability
SPARKvue for the iPhone is available in English and can be downloaded for free from the App Store. It requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 running on an iPhone 3G or 3GS, an iPod touch (2nd generation) or an iPad. PASPORT Airlink2 and PASPORT sensors are sold separately. For more information visit the PASCO website at http://www.pasco.com/iPhone or call 800-772-8700.
About PASCO scientific
PASCO scientific is a leading developer of innovative, technology-based solutions for hands-on science. PASCO's team includes former and current teachers, educational researchers, engineers and many more. Throughout its more than 45-year history, PASCO has focused exclusively on science education--designing, developing and supporting better ways of teaching and learning science. Teachers and students in more than 100 countries throughout the world use PASCO solutions. For more information, visit http://www.pasco.com.
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Guests Can Navigate the Park, Connect with Friends, Find More Flags. More Fun.
NEW YORK, April 6 -- Six Flags, the world's largest regional theme park company, introduced today an app for iPhone and iPod touch on the App store. This free app, the Six Flags Fun Finder, is part interactive tour, part thrill guide designed to help guests maximize their fun at the park in an easy-to-use application.
The new Six Flags App offers a variety of innovative features including:
-- Park Pal - Interactive park maps show guests their exact location in
relation to rides, games, entertainment venues, food and retail
outlets, ATMs, bathrooms and even characters via the iPhone's GPS
-- Friend Finder - Connects guests to Facebook Friends who are also using
the application, allowing users to chat, see their actual in-park
position and post updates to their Facebook pages.
-- Social Club and Big Scream - Guests can choose a personally customized
interactive park experience to find the coolest spots in the parks and
then arrange to meet up with friends.
-- Events Listing - A complete directory of park events throughout the
entire season. Users can learn more about each event and create a
reminder so they don't miss out on the fun.
"This app is like having Six Flags in your pocket," said Angie Vieira Barocas, Six Flags Senior Vice President, Marketing and Entertainment. "The Fun Finder provides seamless access to all Six Flags experiences and allows users to navigate the park and better connect with friends; it's the perfect companion for your Six Flags visit."
The Six Flags App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.
About Six Flags:
Six Flags, Inc., is a publicly-traded corporation headquartered in New York City and is the world's largest regional theme park company with 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada.
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CONTACT: Sandra Daniels of Six Flags, +1-212-652-9393
Atrato's Extreme Velocity Storage Leveraged by Leading Software Company
Single rack of HDD/SSD sets new standards in speed and efficiency; designed to support virtual data centers and extreme I/O applications
LOUISVILLE, Colo., April 6 -- Atrato, Inc. (http://www.Atrato.com), the leading provider of high performance autonomic tiered storage for data-intensive applications such as virtual environments, virtual desktops (VDI), business and scientific analytics, data warehousing, and Web 2.0 applications, announced today that the Microsoft Partner Solutions Center (MPSC), a dynamic IT data center servicing Microsoft organizations, partners, and customers, has leased Atrato's Extreme Velocity Storage (EVS) solution to support its high speed SAN environment, accelerating I/O capabilities for internal and external clients from Technology Finance Corporation (http://www.technologyfinancecorp.com).
The MPSC provides a range of IT infrastructure and application support to Microsoft Corp.'s customers and partners, including server consolidation and virtualization through its Microsoft Hyper-V(TM) environment. The Atrato solution has been selected to help Microsoft deploy and support its virtualized data center and to deliver peak performance for I/O intensive applications. The Atrato system supports multiple solutions for Windows Server environments including Microsoft 2008 R2 CSV Clustering, Windows DHCP, Windows Server Active Directory, and others, allowing customers to design, evaluate, and test applications needing extreme storage performance.
"Atrato has solved some of our toughest I/O challenges and continues to push the envelope in speed, efficiency, and scale," said David Hayes, director of the Microsoft Partner Solutions Center. "Because of this continued success, we have selected the Atrato platform to serve as our high performance SAN. The robust architecture will help us to sustain high bandwidth requirements within our virtual environment and to deliver new performance capabilities for our most data-intensive applications."
Atrato's Extreme Velocity Storage solution is a unique configuration comprised of the standard components within Atrato's Velocity Series. This single rack system includes three performance pods, each with 2.3 TB of solid state disk (SSD) performance and 25.6 TB of highly parallel spinning disk, with ApplicationSmart autonomic tiering software to simplify management. The system demonstrates over a million IOPS (100% random, 512-byte block sizes), delivering the industry's highest performance in a single rack, and the economic benefit of power efficiency and space savings. With Atrato's Extreme Velocity solution, Microsoft customers can optimize their IT applications, dynamically adapt to changing workloads, and simplify their environment with improved manageability.
"Microsoft continues to evaluate leading edge technologies that will help their customers solve unmet business needs," said Steve Visconti, president and CEO of Atrato. "We are pleased to be part of this ongoing partnership. The Microsoft Partner Solutions Center helps to create new opportunities that propel businesses forward. We are very excited to contribute to this initiative in such a powerful way, and look forward to continuing to solve pervasive performance issues in virtual environments."
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About Atrato, Inc.
Atrato, Inc. is revolutionizing the data management and storage markets by challenging the traditional thinking on how to optimize storage. Atrato's autonomic tiered storage architecture solves the productivity challenges created by performance starved applications to overcome the physical limitations of traditional disk I/O systems. Its unique, high performance solutions combine autonomic software, high density spinning disk and tightly integrated SSD technology to deliver unparalleled performance density, scalability, and management, at the industry's lowest operational costs. For more information, visit http://www.atrato.com.
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Verizon Wireless Boosts Coverage in Mooreville, Miss.
MOOREVILLE, Miss., April 6 -- Verizon Wireless recently activated a new advanced digital cell site in Mooreville, Miss. This new site will enhance voice and 3G data coverage along Highway 78 between the towns of Tupelo and Dorsey and the eastern portion of Tupelo.
This new site, which utilizes high speed EV-DO and Rev. A technology, will enhance 3G coverage for Lee County residents allowing them to enjoy even clearer call reception and faster speeds when sending text, picture or video messages, downloading hit music through VCAST Music with Rhapsody, or their catching up on their favorite TV Shows on VCAST Mobile TV.
"Travelers depend on Verizon Wireless to provide the most reliable 3G network in cities, towns and rural areas," said Leo Perreault, Executive Director of Network for Verizon Wireless. "By continuing to invest in our network in North Mississippi, we will continue to grow and expand to meet the changing needs of our customers."
Verizon Wireless customers enjoy exclusive services that enrich their lives - such as VCAST Video - on an exciting lineup of innovative smartphones such as the Motorola Devour and the Casio Brigade. The company's commitment to excellence and reliability has resulted in numerous national accolades for call quality and customer service.
In 2009, Verizon Wireless invested more than $16 million in North Mississippi to advance and expand its superior network capabilities. In total, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $50 billion since it was formed -- $5.5 billion on average every year -- to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)(NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Changing Dynamics in the Physical Security Industry
Frost & Sullivan Analysis of the Global Physical Security Market
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 6 -- Frost & Sullivan has completed research on the security industry and has developed a vision of what we believe the security industry will look like in the next 10 years. Security has traditionally been an afterthought in the building management industry, but the integration of IT presents vendors and service providers the opportunity to position security as the technology that will lead the vision for Smart Buildings and Smart Homes.
IT is the biggest driver for growth in the security industry. IT platforms provide vendors the ability to integrate disparate systems such as video surveillance, access control, and intrusion sensors seamlessly. In addition to integrating security technologies, IT's acceptance in the building management and controls market enables the integration of building subsystems with security, enabling building/facility managers to have complete situation awareness and management capabilities.
"IT infrastructure is the key piece of the puzzle that was missing over the past few years in the Convergence story," states Frost & Sullivan Analyst Dilip Sarangan. "The ability to integrate hardware and software products seamlessly provides vendors and service providers with numerous opportunities that did not exist earlier. For customers, the key benefit is the ability to use best-of-breed solutions without getting locked in with one vendor."
As the world continues to experience an explosion of available information, the security industry is catching up with the move towards IT-based systems that will enable seamless integration. Security is a key component of Smart Buildings and will enjoy that position in the near future. In addition, increase in crime, terrorism, and heightened national security concerns will boost the use of state-of-the-art security solutions.
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NetEx Supercharges Performance of Applications Across Cisco Networks
MINNEAPOLIS, April 6 -- NetEx®, the leader in WAN optimization software, today announced that its award-winning HyperIP® supercharges the performance of the industry's widest range of storage replication applications across Cisco networks without the complexity and interoperability issues of third-party hardware devices.
IT infrastructures operating with pure Cisco environments often face a complex, lengthy and contentious process to introduce WAN optimization without impacting other data moving across the network. Unlike specialized hardware-based WAN optimization solutions that compete with Cisco and are perceived as polluting the Cisco network, HyperIP is completely non-disruptive to the Cisco environment as it operates from non-intrusive VMware ESX servers near the application. As a software-based virtual appliance and operating out of band, installation of HyperIP is faster and simpler, and can be managed from a central location, saving on IT management expenses.
"NetEx HyperIP changes the conventional approach to WAN optimization with a software-based virtual appliance that is quick and simple to deploy, easy to manage and creates LAN-type performance for data movement across WANs," said Robert MacIntyre, NetEx Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. "Companies can use HyperIP software as a global standard for WAN-based data replication acceleration, even in a pure Cisco network, without disruptions or conflicts, making it a much better alternative to hardware-based solutions."
HyperIP is an enabling technology that operates over Cisco networks supercharging the performance of the widest range of replication applications, including support for applications from EMC/Data Domain, Dell/EqualLogic, HP/LeftHand, IBM, Microsoft, Network Appliance, VEEAM and many others. Scalability to higher data rates can be achieved through a simple software key, eliminating the need for any forklift hardware appliance upgrades that may impact the network or production schedules.
HyperIP is NetEx's award-winning business continuity and disaster recovery optimization solution for backup, recovery and data replication applications. Patent-pending technology accelerates and optimizes industry-leading data replication and file transfer applications by aggregating multiple data replication applications over a shared connection while mitigating the inherent network latency and network disruption for long-distance remote TCP data transmissions. HyperIP supports long-distance data transfers at up to 800 Mb/s, the highest performance of any WAN optimization solution on the market, and 25 to more than 100 percent faster than competitive products. Transfer speed is optimized for the full range of data management applications, including backup and remote replication and business continuance/disaster recovery (BC/DR). NetEx offers HyperIP as a plug-and-play appliance and as a software-only configuration, enabling customers to quickly deploy the acceleration software into their existing virtualized infrastructures.
Formed in 1999 as a spin-off of Storage Technology Corporation (StorageTek®), privately-held NetEx is providing the world's fastest WAN optimization software in the industry, along with guaranteed data delivery, for over 20 years to more than 100 of the world's largest and most sophisticated organizations, including some of the most prestigious providers of financial, transportation and telecommunications services and government entities. Customers include BP, Telstra, NTT, Verizon, Qwest, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Lloyds TSB, NDC Health, IRS, American, United Airlines and Kellogg. As a VMware Technology Alliance Partner, NetEx's HyperIP WAN optimizer software is leading the way in demonstrating impressive performance results for supercharging VMware applications worldwide. For more information about NetEx, NetEx/IP or HyperIP, visit http://www.netex.com or call +1-763-694-4300.
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Tradeweb Completes Electronic Links to Major Clearing Houses For OTC Derivatives Trades
JERSEY CITY, New Jersey, April 6, 2010--
- First Centrally Cleared Multi-Dealer Electronic Interest Rate Swap
Trade Executed on Tradeweb
- Electronic Trading of Interest Rate Swaps Climbs 55% on Tradeweb
Tradeweb, a leading global provider of online markets, today announced
that the first electronic swap trade on a multi-dealer platform has been
centrally cleared by an institutional client. This follows the completion of
electronic links from Tradeweb to the major derivatives clearing houses.
Institutional clients are now able to fully automate their workflow on
Tradeweb - from trade execution through clearing, enabling institutions to
better manage operational, systemic and market risk.
To date, Tradeweb has integrated with ICE Trust and ICE Europe via ICE
Link, and CME Clearing for the clearing of credit default swaps (CDS). In
addition to these interfaces built for its CDS business, Tradeweb has further
developed connectivity to MarkitSERV, a global, electronic OTC derivative
trade processing company. Similar to CDS, clients are able to communicate to
the platform's MarkitWire service for interest rate swaps (IRS), for onward
transmission to LCH.Clearnet's SwapClear facility.
In addition to being able to clear trades through Tradeweb's links to
central counterparties, over 380 leading global clients are already using a
trading application programming interface (API) to link their internal
systems with Tradeweb's electronic markets. Tradeweb has direct relationships
with more than 20 of the major system vendors and a large number of smaller
and proprietary systems.
The completion of the clearing house links follows a surge in electronic
trading on Tradeweb's global swaps platform. Total global notional swaps
volume since the introduction of the platform in 2005 now exceeds $5 trillion
from more than 50,000 trades. This represents a compound annual growth rate
of 55% in DV 01 (delta), the dollar value of a one basis point change in
interest rates. Currently, sixteen liquidity providers make markets to more
than 150 institutional clients.
"The industry is at the threshold of a fully-integrated electronic
trading workflow for OTC derivatives," said Lee Olesky, CEO of Tradeweb. "The
development of these links represents an important step towards a more
automated marketplace, which will reduce systemic risk and promote
transparency, efficiency and prevention of market abuse that global
regulators and market participants are seeking."
"ICE Link is pleased to work with Tradeweb to provide customers with a
seamless flow from electronic execution to clearing. Tradeweb can help grow
dealer and buyside participation through ICE, reinforcing our role in
bringing the leading risk management and clearing solutions to the CDS
market," said Clive de Ruig, Global Head of ICE Processing.
"The combination of Tradeweb's dealer-to-client e-trading platform with
CME Clearing offers clients greater choice for transacting their OTC
business," said Kim Taylor, President, CME Clearing. "As a result, our
clearing solution becomes even more compelling to the world's leading asset
managers as well as other clients around the world."
"We are pleased to link with Tradeweb to provide market participants with
a more efficient workflow for trading and processing OTC derivatives," said
Jeff Gooch, CEO of MarkitSERV. "This underscores our ability, as a neutral
platform, to manage the complexity of the new environment and work with
trading platforms to reduce operational risk post-trade."
"There has been a rapid increase in the OTC derivatives trading activity
recently and the need to improve operational efficiencies has become more
marked. Together with Tradeweb we are addressing market demands for more
flexible and automated solutions in processing interest rate swap trades,"
said Roger Liddell, chief executive of LCH.Clearnet.
With the links in place, institutional investors are now able to take
advantage of seamless trading and processing of CDS and IRS transactions on
Tradeweb. This prepares the industry for the use of central counterparties to
Tradeweb is a leading provider of online markets and a pioneer in the
development of electronic trading and trade processing. The company provides
services in the fixed income, derivative, and equity markets to clients in
more than 50 countries. Since 1998, Tradeweb has operated a global fixed
income and derivatives trading network, which harnesses the distribution of
the major investment banks with over 2,000 institutional clients. Tradeweb
Retail provides a trading and sales application to fixed income brokers and
traders. With its expansion into the equity markets, Tradeweb is leveraging
AutEx, the industry leader for 40 years in providing indications of
interests, and Tradeweb Routing Network, a global FIX network with more than
8,000 connections between over 1,000 firms.
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Wipro Enters Fast Growing Blu-ray Market Through Partnership With Philips
Offers Solutions Based on Blu-ray Middleware Developed by Philips, to Reduce Time-to-Market for Wipro's Customers
BANGALORE, India, April 6, 2010-- Wipro Technologies, the global IT services business of Wipro Limited
(NYSE: WIT) today announced that the company has signed a partnership
agreement with Philips to offer Blu-ray middleware and solution development
services around Philips' developed Blu-ray technology. Wipro enters the
Blu-ray market with sub-licensing rights to offer Blu-ray middleware to its
The entry barrier in this space is high due to the significant dormant
period before a company can enter into this market. Through this partnership
with Philips, Wipro will be able to reduce the time-to-market for its
"Philips is happy to have this cooperation with Wipro in place" stated
Frederic Guillanneuf, Director IP Licensing, Philips Intellectual Property
and Standards. "Philips is strongly committed to Blu- ray Disc(BD); the
engagement with Wipro, a major supplier of embedded software, will
successfully support the further development of the BD market."
Commenting on this exclusive licensing agreement, Nagamani Murthy, Vice
President, Mobile, Automotive and Consumer Electronics Group, Wipro
Technologies said, "We are happy to enter the Blu-ray market with technology
as developed by Philips, a leader in Blu-ray technology. The Philips
middleware stack has established market credibility and it is a significant
addition to our portfolio of Digital TV IPs and solutions. With this
partnership, Wipro can create hybrid devices - those that integrate Digital
TVs, Set Top Boxes and Media players like the Blu-ray for our customers and
also provide niche solutions that will help them create a mark of distinction
in the market".
Wipro has been working with leading Consumer Electronics customers,
providing product design services in the areas of digital home entertainment
products and has developed and deployed several Digital TV compliant
solutions across the United States, Europe and Japan.
Wipro with its wide spectrum of competencies in the Consumer Electronics
domain has more than 30 licenses for its Digital TV middleware stacks such as
ATSC, OpenCable, DVB-T/C/S/CI, MHEG-5 and ISDB-T/S.
Wipro Technologies, a division of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) is
the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified global IT services
organization. Wipro Technologies was recently assessed at Level 5 for CMMI V
1.2 across offshore and onsite development centers. Wipro is one of the
largest product engineering and support service providers worldwide. Wipro
provides comprehensive research and development services, IT solutions and
services, including systems integration, information systems outsourcing,
package implementation, software application management, and datacenter
managed services to corporations globally.
In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT
solutions and services for the corporate segment in India, offering system
integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services.
Wipro also has a profitable presence in niche market segments
of consumer products and lighting. In the Asia-Pacific and Middle East
markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations.
Wipro's ADS' are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares
are listed in India on the Stock Exchange - Mumbai, and the National Stock
Certain statements in this release concerning our future
growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of
risks, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially
from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties
relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and
uncertainties regarding fluctuations in our earnings, revenue and profits,
our ability to generate and manage growth, intense competition in IT
services, our ability to maintain our cost advantage, wage increases in
India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time
and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client
concentration, restrictions on immigration, our ability to manage our
international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus
areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully
complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our
service contracts, the success of the companies in which we make strategic
investments, withdrawal of fiscal governmental incentives, political
instability, war, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring
companies outside India, unauthorized use of our intellectual property, and
general economic conditions affecting our business and industry. Additional
risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described
in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
These filings are available at http://www.sec.gov. We may, from time to time,
make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including
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NEW YORK, April 6 -- Zanett, Inc. today announced that it has set an in-house corporate record for contracts signed in a single quarter since the Company was founded over 10 years ago. During the first 3 months of 2010, over $17.1 million dollars in new business has been closed. This amount is comprised of 57 different customers, with the largest customer being responsible for a $4 million mandate. The $17.1 million in deal closings currently reported for Q1 includes the earlier reported $12.0 million comprising of business closed in January and February 2010.
PAST 6 MONTHS = $30.8 MILLION IN NEW BUSINESS
During the past six months, over $30.8 million of business was closed. Chuck Deskins, President of Zanett Commercial Solutions stated, "I am not easily excitable, but all I can say is... Wow...! The 21 great people in our national salesforce have been doing a fantastic job across all segments and throughout all geographies. Over 43% of all new business closed in Q1 was with brand-new customers."
The greater part of the business that has been signed during the past 6 months will be recognized as revenue during the next 4 quarters.
AMERICA IS THRIVING ... SO IS ZANETT'S HEALTHCARE FOCUS
At Zanett, the Healthcare Sector was by far the biggest segment of contracts signed for the past 3 months, accounting for 42% of the value of all contracts signed. Over the past 6 months, more than $11.3 million of new business has been closed in the Healthcare Sector.
Dennis Harkins, President of Zanett Inc, said, "I have said it before and I will say it again ... America is thriving and business is booming ...! People are currently underestimating the magnitude of this economic recovery."
"Throughout the US, corporations are currently hesitant about hiring individuals, due to unknown and unfunded mandates from Washington DC, so they are spending their money on increased capital expenditures. For any corporation out there, Oracle ERP and other IT spending are a natural beneficiary of a reduction in labor force. Here at Zanett, we have a great national salesforce, and they can barely keep up with the demand they see."
About Zanett, Inc.
Zanett is a leading business process outsourcing (BPO), IT enabled services (ITES), and information technology (IT) consulting firm serving Fortune 500 corporations and mid-market organizations in Healthcare, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Distribution, Retail, Gaming & Hospitality, and State & Local Government.
Zanett helps organizations align business objectives with outsourced technology-enabled services to create Real Enterprise Value. We serve the Fortune 500 and mid-market organizations in Health care, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Distribution, Retail, Gaming & Hospitality, and State & Local Government with solutions ranging from business consulting as well as custom business solutions that integrate and implement Oracle's full suite of product offerings Oracle, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Seibel, including infrastructure technology and managed services together with associated Oracle Fusion technologies. Zanett employs over 225 professionals in North America and Asia with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York City, North Palm Beach, and Manila. For more information please visit http://www.zanett.com/ or http://healthcare.zanett.com/ .
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Circumstances do change, and if and when the landscape changes, Zanett shall endeavor to remain as flexible as possible, and adjust its strategy accordingly. Zanett, Inc. undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, change in strategy, or otherwise. The aforementioned listing of risks and uncertainties is not inclusive. For a more detailed discussion of some, but not all, of the risks and uncertainties that may affect Zanett, Inc., see Zanett, Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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eCommLink's Vicente Mota to Speak at Next-Generation Prepaid Show
Event to serve as forum for senior-level decision makers to share expertise
LAS VEGAS, April 6 -- eCommLink, a leading value-added prepaid debit card processor, has been asked to participate in the "Prepaid Card Congress: Delivering Next-Generation Innovations & Solutions" on April 12 and 13 in Carlsbad, CA. This is the first U.S.-based conference designed as an intimate forum for senior-level executives to identify and discuss winning strategies for delivering the next generation of prepaid products and services.
"The prepaid market is poised for rapid global expansion," stated conference director, Keith Kirkpatrick. "eCommLink is a savvy company that has positioned itself to readily respond to the international market. I look forward to Vicente sharing his expertise, particularly in mobile cross-border programs."
Vicente Mota, Senior Vice President of Sales, will represent the company at the conference. Mota, who oversees eCommLink's domestic and global sales efforts, will be speaking on the topic, "Revenue Opportunities Beyond U.S. Borders." He will present the challenges of deploying a prepaid program in a global market and the importance of cultivating relationships with local partners. In addition, Mr. Mota will be a panelist in a discussion entitled "The Convergence of Prepaid, Debit and Credit." Both sessions will be held on April 12, the first day of the event.
About eCommLink, Inc.
eCommLink, Inc. (http://www.ecommlink.com) enables program managers and financial institutions to maximize revenue from their prepaid debit programs. The Company's flexible prepaid processing platform, innovative features and industry experience allows clients to create customized prepaid programs for their specific markets while ensuring quality, security and time to market. eCommLink supports the full array of prepaid debit programs, including general spend, payroll, teen, gift, travel, government and loyalty cards.
About the conference
The Prepaid Card Congress: Delivering Next-Generation Innovations & Solutions was specifically designed as a collaborative forum for senior-level decision makers to identify the best and most profitable ways to deliver the next wave of prepaid products and services in an intimate setting without the distractions of a large exhibit hall. Key speakers include leaders and experts in retailing and social networking as well as card processors, technology providers and representatives from card associations.
ACADEMY OF INTERACTIVE ARTS AND SCIENCES SEEDS SPEAKERS
CALABASAS, Calif., April 6 -- The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences® (AIAS) announced the final game track for FMX 2010, to be held in Stuttgart, Germany May 4-7. FMX is the primary European event for leading international experts in the creation, production, and distribution of digital entertainment and interactive visualization. In addition to the conference, there is a trade show floor, workshops, master classes, screenings and special events.
"Games play a major role at FMX where we try to focus on Visual Arts and emphasize the creative, concept, arts and story-telling aspects of game-making," said Thomas Haegele, Chair, FMX. "Visual Arts for games will be very prominent with more than ten lectures, organized in partnership with the AIAS."
The speakers in the games track include:
-- Christophe Brusseaux, Graphic Director, Quantic Dreams; Heavy Rain:
How Art Was Used to Create a Movie Experience
-- David Hego, Art Director, Rocksteady; Batman:Arkham Asylum: Explains
the Approach to Art Direction
-- Saku Lehtinen, Art Director, Remedy Entertainment; Alan Wake: The
Creation of a Thriller Game
-- Bruno Velazquez, Lead Animator, Sony Computer Entertainment America;
God of War III :The Animation Process
-- Tom Williams, Technology, Black Rock Studio; Demolition by
-- Ken Perlin, Scientific Advisor, Actor Machine; Procedural Visual
Representation in Responsive Animation
-- Evan Hirsch, Vice President Creative Development, THQ; Visual Story
Structure & Enhanced Interactive Experience
-- Frank Vitz, Senior CG Supervisor, Electronic Arts; Fight Night 4: Real
Time Physics Driven Animation and VFX
-- Ben Diamand, Senior Staff Programmer, Sony Playstation; Realtime
Shadows for God Of War III
-- Jolyon Webb, Research & Development, Blitz Game Studios; Game Face
Story: Using A Short Term Prototype for Long Term Gain
"The traditional crafts of story and art have been reinterpreted by a generation of digital artists in games, film and animation," said Joseph Olin, president, AIAS, and host of the Games track at FMX 2010. "The Academy game makers taking part in this year's FMX have exciting developments to show and share with their colleagues."
For the very first year, FMX 2010 initiated a partnership with Quo Vadis Conference, one of the most highly attended game developer conferences in Germany. This track will cover the new developments in social gaming with speakers such as David DC Collier, founder, Pikkle, who will be providing insight into Japan's latest social games, and Bernhard Falch, CEO, Sulake, and creator of the famous Habbo Hotel, who will be discussing the secret behind the incredible success of Gameforge.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) was founded in 1996 as a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote, advance and recognize common interests and outstanding achievements in the interactive arts and sciences. The Academy has created and collaborated on a number of unique programs that promote the industry: D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit, a once yearly conference dedicated to exploring approaches to the creative process and artistic expression as they uniquely apply to the development of interactive entertainment; Into The Pixel, a juried exhibition of art from video games; and with Gamestop and The Guildhall at SMU, the Indie Games Challenge, a contest for professional and non-professional video game developers to create their own video game and the chance to win up to $300,000 worth of prizes.
The Academy Foundation includes educational programs including the Randy Pausch Scholarship, which awards students pursuing their dreams of becoming an interactive entertainment creator, the Mark Beaumont Scholarship and The Academy Scholar, a program sponsored with The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University (SMU)
The Academy also conducts an annual awards show, Interactive Achievement Awards, to promote and acknowledge exceptional accomplishments in this field. With more than 20,000 members, including Capcom, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, Ubisoft, Day One Studios, Epic Games and Insomniac Games, The Academy is the leading advocate of video games worldwide. More information is available at http://www.interactive.org/ , http://www.dicesummit.org and http://www.intothepixel.com/.
FMX is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with the Visual Effects Society, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph, 5D Conference and Stuttgart Media University. It is hosting the Animation Production Day 2010 (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS). FMX is funded by the Ministry of State and the Ministry of Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Film Funding, the MFG Innovation Agency for IT and Media and the FFA German Federal Film Board. The event is produced by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.
Source: Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
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AlwaysOn Announces Inaugural 'OnDemand 100' List of Fastest Growing Private Companies
Top 100 will join leaders in cloud, software as a service at OnDemand Conference later this month
SAN FRANCISCO, April 6 -- AlwaysOn, the leading producer of world-class conferences for venture investors and entrepreneurs of emerging private companies, today announced the winners of the first ever "OnDemand 100" list. The companies selected for the AlwaysOn "OnDemand 100" represent a wide variety of emerging growth companies across the industry, from Cloud Application Platforms and On Demand Software for Customer Relationship Management, to Cloud Management Tools and On Demand Software for Business Management Applications. The overall winner of the "OnDemand 100" is Appirio, a cloud solution provider that offers both products and professional services that help enterprises accelerate their adoption of the cloud. Today's news closely follows the announcement of the impressive speaker line up at the show, which includes a keynote address from Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com. The full list of "OnDemand 100" companies can be viewed online here.
AlwaysOn "OnDemand 100" honorees are selected by AlwaysOn editors in collaboration with Morgan Stanley and KPMG. Judging criteria included market opportunity, nature of innovation, media buzz and awareness, commercialization and ability to create stakeholder value.
"As the digital information created by businesses continues to explode at astronomical rates, the need to store, manage, and share this information is becoming extremely challenging," said Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn. "By providing innovative technologies that help enterprises better compete in this new era of information complexity, the OnDemand 100 represent some of the highest growth opportunities in the private company marketplace."
"OnDemand 100" winners will be honored at the AlwaysOn OnDemand conference to be held April 19-21 at HP Worldwide Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. This two-and-a-half day executive event features keynotes, in addition to Marc Benioff, from Todd Bradley, Executive Vice President Personal Systems Group at HP, Lars Delgaard, CEO of SuccessFactors and Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite, as well as panel discussions and debates from other industry leading CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, and established corporations on how the cloud and SaaS are changing the way businesses can work with data more effectively.
For tickets to OnDemand, please contact Jeannene Glass at email@example.com.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marc Sternberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Claudio Barrientos (email@example.com).
AlwaysOn OnDemand is where the top Internet companies disrupting the enterprise square off with the incumbent players pioneering cloud computing and SaaS. This two-and-a-half day executive event features high-level debates on how the Internet is disrupting how companies -- from small businesses to large enterprises -- create, store, distribute, analyze, and take advantage of their mission-critical data. OnDemand also showcases the top entrepreneurial CEOs who are revolutionizing the way the enterprise is radicalized by the Internet.
AlwaysOn is the leading business media brand networking the Global Silicon Valley. AlwaysOn helped ignite the social media revolution in early 2003 when it launched the AlwaysOn network. In 2004, it became the first media brand to socially network its online readers and event attendees. AlwaysOn's preeminent executive event series includes the Summit at Stanford, OnMedia, OnHollywood, OnDC, OnDemand, Venture Summit Silicon Valley, Venture Summit East, GoingGreen, GoingGreen East, and GoingGreen Europe. The AlwaysOn network and live event series continue to lead the industry by empowering its readers, event participants, sponsors, and advertisers like no other media brand.
Motorola Named Leading Vendor of Passive UHF Handheld RFID Readers
Company drives innovation as RFID delivers increased efficiencies throughout the enterprise
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 6 -- The Enterprise Mobility Solutions division of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) today announced it has been named the leading manufacturer of passive UHF handheld radio frequency identification (RFID) readers by ABI Research. According to the ABI Vendor Matrix, solid performance, brand recognition and customer support differentiate Motorola from other RFID vendors and account for the company securing the top spot for innovation and implementation. Motorola's significant global reach and strong research and development capabilities also stood out among the competition - demonstrating the company's commitment to meet end-user demand for new passive UHF solutions.
The Vendor Matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research to provide a clear understanding of vendors' positions in specific markets. Vendors are assessed on the important parameters of innovation and implementation across several criteria unique to each vendor matrix.
"Motorola is proud of its leadership position in the RFID market and honored to be recognized by one of the industry's leading research firms for our innovation and performance," said Mike Poldino, vice president and general manager of RFID, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions. "As the demand for UHF readers continues to grow, Motorola is committed to expanding its RFID portfolio with business and industrial solutions that enable enterprise customers to reach new levels of efficiency."
To determine the leader in innovation, ABI Research examined each vendor's product portfolio and the readers' overall designs, graphical user interface (GUI) and/or user input configuration, and critical performance enhancements such as battery life expectancy, antenna design and wireless connectivity options. ABI attributes Motorola's high innovation score to the company's broadening handheld form factor design approach and continued investment in product development. The report touts Motorola's strong combination of RFID reader design competence, RF engineering and manufacturing experience in regard to the passive UHF handheld mobile computer segment.
With respect to implementation, Motorola scored highest in the areas of persistent market presence and experience; partner strategy, approach and support capabilities; and scope of distribution channels. Motorola also ranked high in the report's most heavily weighted criterion - overall market position, leadership and strength. High scores across all implementation categories are a result of the company's leading market position combined with its solid customer base and broad focus on applications such as item-level retail, supply chain management and asset tracking.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE:MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009. For more information, please visit http://www.motorola.com.
MOTOROLA and the stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.
New Tool Improves Customer Service and Increases Customer Loyalty
CHICAGO, April 6 -- ReadyPing, an innovative provider of wait list management and text message paging solutions, announced today that the company has exited its beta stage with the launch of its new web-based software that fundamentally shifts how restaurants and other service-driven retailers manage customer wait times.
As mobile phone use surges, ReadyPing helps restaurants and other businesses manage their waiting customers more efficiently and enables them to easily send text messages to alert customers when their product or service is available. In addition to restaurants, the company further developed its web-based software to meet the needs of other customer-centric industries, including: auto; dental; medical; hair and nail salons; hotel/resorts; spas and game centers like bowling alleys.
ReadyPing also announced they are giving away one free iPad with each two-year prepaid subscription. The iPad underscores the company's versatile software platform that works on any computer with Internet access. iPads offer unparalleled mobility for staff to leave the front desk and manage waiting customers on foot if needed.
According to an AP-Ipsos poll, more than 50% of Americans refuse to return to businesses that made them wait too long.
"ReadyPing addresses the front end of the customer service cycle in two ways; we simplify how businesses organize and notify their waiting customers and we provide those customers the freedom to wait on their own terms," said Joe Sprovieri, Founder and CEO, ReadyPing. "Nobody wants to stand around until their name is called or be tethered to a short-range pager. Giving customers the freedom to wait where and how they want increases their loyalty."
The power of ReadyPing is that it works on any web browser on any computer. More than one computer at the same location can access the same wait list simultaneously. And if an Internet connection is interrupted, ReadyPing will continue to work in offline mode. Text messages can be received by any mobile phone with any mobile carrier. If a customer does not want to receive a text message, ReadyPing provides the option to call, page (if pagers are used) or simply find the customer the old fashioned way.
The company spent the last year testing its software with dozens of restaurants, including one major international chain. Input from those businesses, along with the expertise of a former Apple user experience developer, resulted in ReadyPing's highly intuitive and user-friendly interface. Businesses interested in learning more can visit http://www.readyping.com.
ReadyPing is a provider of wait list management and text message paging solutions. Its web-based software helps restaurants and other businesses manage their waiting customers more efficiently and enables them to easily send text messages to alert customers when their product or service is available. Any computer with Internet access can use ReadyPing to text customers with a touch of a button. For more information, visit http://www.readyping.com.
CONTACT: Allison Perkins of Verse Communications, +1-818-981-3023,
firstname.lastname@example.org, for ReadyPing
Company's New CloudPort Product Offers Unprecedented Visibility into Evaluating/Selecting Cloud Computing Providers, Determining an Effective Migration Strategy, and Identifying and Mitigating Risk
BOSTON, April 6 -- Empowering enterprises with actionable information to make strategic decisions about cloud computing, Crosscheck Networks, Inc. today unveiled a first-of-its-kind cloud simulation product.
The new product, CloudPort, delivers the ability to simulate services in the cloud prior to implementation. Capitalizing on actual metrics of cloud providers and enterprise data centers, organizations using CloudPort can more confidently align their infrastructures with business requirements for enhanced reliability and risk mitigation, and ensure seamless enterprise-to-cloud integration.
In the absence of quantifiable data, enterprises are challenged to make well-informed choices when it comes to migrating to the cloud. Instead, they often find themselves forced to make these strategic decisions based on ad-hoc or partial information. This is a risky and unproductive approach, especially when a typical migration process requires moving numerous service components - including database and application servers, Web services and identity stores - to the cloud. Once a full reference system is deployed, the behavior of the enterprise applications interacting with the cloud-based components must be tested - using customized production code. This is an expensive, time-consuming and potentially error-prone proposition.
With CloudPort, enterprises benefit by never having to touch production code - while eliminating the substantial time, capital and IT staff resource expenses related to building a distinct cloud test environment including:
-- A full-scale, redundant architecture that involves acquisition
hardware and licensing costs;
-- Hiring dedicated development teams to perform testing and
-- Custom hand-coding "What if" scenarios to determine error conditions
related to latency, performance, scalability and security.
Crosscheck Networks enables enterprises to make more informed decisions when selecting a provider for, and prioritizing which applications to migrate to, cloud computing. CloudPort arms IT organizations with information about cloud providers including: performance metrics, geographic latency and service initiation/"spin-up" times; failures, outages and application error states; and security, capacity and interoperability. A pre-requisite for migrating mission-critical applications, CloudPort's "single pane of glass," centralized console offers ease of modeling scenarios across cloud providers and data centers to rapidly validate trading-partner integration; analyze provider performance characteristics for precise SLA measurement/management; and ensure effective cloud migration - without impacting production systems.
"Organizations are bombarded with messages that moving some or all of their infrastructures to the cloud will deliver benefits ranging from faster integration with partners, reduced capital expense and increased IT flexibility," said Mamoon Yunus, CEO of Crosscheck Networks. "But, they lack real-world data about how their data centers would perform once they're integrated with the cloud. As a result, enterprises struggle with confidently determining if and what to move, and once decided, prioritizing when to move it."
"CloudPort addresses these needs by allowing for granular 'what-if' scenario planning that proactively establishes business risk, ultimately facilitating reliable, secure migrations and reducing costs," Yunus continued. "Importantly, it enables post-migration monitoring so organizations can ensure that everything continues to run the way it was envisioned - or quickly flag and correct should an issue arise."
For maximum deployment flexibility, Crosscheck Networks offers a pay-as-you-go subscription model. Leveraging cloud instances from Amazon EC2, OpSource Cloud, GoGrid and Rackspace, enterprises can achieve cost savings of up to 60 percent when compared to reference architectures, while compressing the services lifecycle and reducing time-to-market.
Additionally, CloudPort ensures seamless integration by providing quantifiable metrics on corporate-wide Web Services Definition Language (WSDL) interfaces regarding adherence to corporate rules such as service naming conventions, data types, data structures and protocol bindings. Also, it ensures that both consumer and producer development teams adhere to corporate mandates regarding message security and interoperability - for example, WS-Encryption and SAML must be used for message-level privacy and identity. Additionally, CloudPort allows organizations to govern policies within their own enterprise as well as with their trading partners to guarantee message integrity - before going into production.
CloudPort is an integral component of Crosscheck Networks' comprehensive Web services "lifecycle" suite. The products can be deployed together or seamlessly integrated with organizations' existing infrastructure. In addition to CloudPort, the company's enterprise-class offerings comprise:
-- SOAPSonar - Provides modes for functional, multi-client performance,
compliance and security testing of SOAP-, XML- and REST-based
services. SOAPSonar offers enterprises the unique ability to test
functional and performance characteristics of unlimited-sized Web
services attachments via streaming of structured and unstructured data
based on industry standards such as MTOM and MIME. And with support
for WS-Trust, SAML 2.0 and WS-identity tokens, SOAPSonar ensures a
best-practices approach to Federated Identity Management.
-- Forum Sentry - Simplifying business communications through secure
integration across networks and business boundaries, the FIPS- and
DoD-certified Sentry XML Gateway ensures preemptive risk mitigation of
business transactions exposed via SOA by enabling the ability to
develop and deploy robust and reliable SOAP- and XML-based Web
services. Empowering more secure, efficient and seamless information
exchange among back-office applications, Web services, and customer
and partner portals - the hallmarks of SOA Federation - Forum Sentry
affords users more control of their Web interactions.
-- Forum STS - Offers secure, accelerated and consolidated identity
enforcement, controlling privileges without requiring the custom code
that can frequently introduce risk. Performing comprehensive
mediation, authentication, and authorization of identity exchange
among customer and partner portals, Web applications and XML-based Web
services, Forum STS provides businesses with a simplified model for
identity management and the framework for Federated SOA. And through
Federated SOA with trusted business units and external trading
partners, organizations can successfully navigate the regulatory and
compliance barriers related to information security, integrity and
privacy, and establish a solid foundation for their cloud computing
Pricing and Availability
CloudPort is available immediately. Deployment models include floating, instance-, and cloud-based licensing as well as subscription or perpetual pricing. Pricing starts at US$4999.
About Crosscheck Networks
Crosscheck Networks and its wholly owned subsidiary Forum Systems deliver solutions for deploying robust, resilient, secure and reliable Web services. The company's integrated, holistic product suite streamlines and optimizes resources throughout the Web services lifecycle, ensuring reduced time-to-market and more rapid return on investment. Crosscheck Networks is the only company with HP Enterprise Management Alliance Program (EMAP) certification for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) testing with native HP Quality Center Integration. For more information, please visit http://www.crosschecknet.com.
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New Isolated DC-DC Converter Development Tools Increase Power Density of Modular and Embedded Power Supplies
National Semiconductor, Silicon Labs Offer Reference Design and Evaluation Board for Networking and Communications Applications
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and AUSTIN, Texas, April 6 -- National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:NSM) and Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ:SLAB) today announced a new quarter-brick isolated DC-DC converter evaluation board and reference design to help power supply designers get higher power density in networking, communications and high-end server applications.
Featuring National Semiconductor's LM5035C pulse-width modulation (PWM) controller and Silicon Labs' Si8420 ISOpro(TM) digital isolator, the isolated DC-DC converter evaluation board provides power supply designers with a highly efficient 100W reference design in a quarter-brick form factor. The evaluation board reduces the time required for product characterization and design adaptation to the customer's specific requirements.
"National's LM5035C half-bridge PWM controller enables industry leading power density and performance advantages for small form factor DC-DC converters by integrating the bias regulator, gate drivers and synchronous rectifier controls into a single IC," said Jim MacDonald, marketing director for National Semiconductor's Infrastructure Power business unit. "The reference design with Silicon Labs enables even further power density improvements by combining industry-leading power control and isolation technology."
The reference design demonstrates a viable 36V to 75V input half-bridge converter for power module or embedded power applications. The design survives input transients up to 100V as commonly required in communications equipment and protects the power distribution system with hiccup-mode fault protection.
"Silicon Labs' patented ISOpro digital isolation products provide significant performance advantages including lower power, industry-leading EMI performance and world-class reliability using standard CMOS process technology," said Mark Thompson, vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs' Embedded Mixed Signal products. "The reference design with National Semiconductor validates our industry-leading digital isolation technology and puts our customers on the fast track to developing power modules for their embedded applications."
National Semiconductor LM5035C PWM Controller
National's LM5035C half-bridge PWM controller delivers power density and performance advantages for small form factor isolated DC-DC converter modules. The LM5035C has been optimized for use with digital isolators to provide further power density improvements.
National's LM5035C PWM controller includes integrated 2A half-bridge gate drivers and SyncFET outputs that control the secondary-side synchronous rectifier MOSFETs through the Si8420 digital isolator. Dead time between the main and synchronous rectifier on/off transitions is adjustable with a single external resistor. For more information about National's LM5035C PWM controller, visit http://www.national.com/pf/LM/LM5035C.html. Watch a video of the LM5035C at http://bit.ly/LM5035C.
Silicon Labs Si8420 ISOpro Digital Isolator
Silicon Labs' ISOpro family of digital isolators employs digital RF technology to communicate data across an isolation barrier. Using the Silicon Labs Si8420 digital isolator in place of pulse transformers eliminates numerous design issues such as duty cycle limitations and non-monotonic decay of output during shutdown. In addition, use of digital isolators improves efficiency and saves board space by eliminating the need for pulse transformers.
National Semiconductor is a leader in analog power management technology. Its products include easy-to-use integrated circuits, PowerWise products that enable more energy-efficient systems, and SolarMagic products which improve the energy output of solar arrays. The company celebrated its 50th anniversary last May. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.46 billion for fiscal 2009. Additional information is available at http://www.national.com.
About Silicon Laboratories
Silicon Laboratories is an industry leader in the innovation of high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs. Developed by a world-class engineering team with unsurpassed expertise in mixed-signal design, Silicon Labs' diverse portfolio of highly-integrated, easy-to-use products offers customers significant advantages in performance, size and power consumption. These patented solutions serve a broad set of markets and applications including consumer, communications, computing, industrial and automotive.
Headquartered in Austin, TX, Silicon Labs is a global enterprise with operations, sales and design activities worldwide. The company is committed to contributing to our customers' success by recruiting the highest quality talent to create industry-changing innovations. For more information about Silicon Labs, please visit http://www.silabs.com.
National Semiconductor and PowerWise are registered trademarks of National Semiconductor Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Gayle Bullock Dale Weisman
National Semiconductor Silicon Labs
(408) 721-2033 (512) 532-5871
Source: National Semiconductor Corp.
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Scalable Sitara(TM) ARM9 MPUs from Texas Instruments deliver mix of integrated connectivity options for industrial and highly-connected designs
Four AM1x MPUs and complementary tools feature TI's unique Programmable Real-time Unit for flexible and configurable I/O control
DALLAS, April 6 -- Developers of embedded industrial, medical and consumer designs demand flexible architectures to support multiple industry-specific peripherals and interfaces. To address the evolving needs of these market spaces, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today announced four new Sitara(TM) ARM9 microprocessors (MPUs) and corresponding evaluation modules (EVMs) packed with a plethora of integrated connectivity options.
Unlike other ARM9 offerings, TI's AM1808, AM1806, AM1707, and AM1705 MPUs integrate notable interfaces such as a serial ATA (SATA), universal parallel port (uPP) and TI's unique Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU). The PRU offers flexible and configurable I/O control enabling developers to extend peripheral capabilities and add custom interfaces to their designs. The hardware and software scalability of the AM1x devices are coupled with a suite of software, demos and development tools to reduce customers' time to market. For more information, visit http://www.ti.com/am1x-prhome.
AM1x key features and benefits:
-- 375 and 450 MHz ARM9 options
-- Unique PRU enhances system flexibility and offers full user
configurability when desired
-- Extend system peripheral needs with the ability to implement and tune
standard, custom and "lite" versions of common and proprietary serial
interfaces, such as UART and CAN
-- Achieve maximum efficiency since the PRU offloads the ARM9 to improve
application processing capacity, reduce overall power consumption,
eliminate latency and improve real-time responsiveness
-- Unique peripheral mix includes SATA, uPP, USB 2.0 on-the-go (OTG) with
integrated PHY, USB 1.1 with integrated PHY, 10/100 Ethernet MAC,
MMC/SD and more for smooth implementation of data, network, device and
-- Pin-to-pin compatibility with TI's OMAP-L1x processors protect
customers' code investment with the capability to scale up to the
OMAP-L1x to integrate real-time data, video and audio processing
capabilities or for OMAP-L1x developers to scale down to the AM1x to
create cost-effective, entry-level products
-- Scale performance and power efficiency, utilize numerous peripherals
and drive down system cost across product lines while leveraging
existing hardware and software investments with TI's Sitara product
-- With TI's Sitara family, developers can confidently turn their design
concepts into leading innovations for a myriad of end-equipments,
including industrial and home automation, point-of-service, portable
data terminals and educational consoles.
Tools and software
Customers can rapidly develop and deploy their designs with the new TMDXEXP1808L experimenter kit for $445, the TMDXEVM1808L EVM for $1150 and TMDXEM1707 EVM for $845. The software development kit includes a Linux kernel 2.6.33 board support package, PRU configuration tool as well as PRU CAN, PRU UART and touch screen demos. Windows® Embedded CE and additional operating system support will be available later in the year.
The AM1x MPUs are sampling today with prices starting at USD $6.55 in quantities of 1,000 units.
Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through design, sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to http://www.ti.com.
Sitara is a trademark of Texas Instruments. All other trademarks and registered trademarks belong to their respective owners.
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Elemental Technologies Announces Elemental(TM) Live, the Industry's First GPU-Accelerated Live Video Streaming Solution
Elemental Live offers unmatched performance, manageability and business value for live event streaming to any device
PORTLAND, Ore., April 6 -- Elemental Technologies, the leading provider of massively parallel video processing solutions, today announced Elemental Live, a GPU-accelerated, enterprise-class video processing system that provides content distributors with video and audio encoding for live streaming. Ideal for broadcasters, online video platforms and other new media providers, Elemental Live delivers four times the performance of competitive CPU-only solutions at half the price. Elemental will unveil Elemental Live in booth SL4529 on the NAB 2010 show floor in Las Vegas April 12-15.
Elemental Live drives immediate business value by speeding delivery of video content to the consumer and improving the monetization of content for the provider. An industry-leading combination of superior video quality, flexibility and ease-of-use makes Elemental Live a powerful solution for streaming live content to virtually any target device. The system provides greater density than other transcoding solutions for live events with the ability to encode four simultaneous 1080p output streams or up to eight 720p output streams in a single appliance. By creating all the required streams for a live event in a single system, Elemental Live eliminates the complexity of multi-appliance solutions while dramatically reducing the total cost of ownership.
"Elemental Live's immediate ease of use and integration was a breath of fresh air," said Jim DeChant, Director of Technical Operations at News-Press & Gazette Broadcasting. "Our evaluation of Elemental Live demonstrates that it can provide critical density in terms of concurrent outputs per system, allowing us to deliver a high-quality adaptive solution to our viewers at a very low cost."
"Content providers are making a concerted move to live streaming using adaptive bit rate protocols. Given the number of video streams these architectures require, current enterprise encoding solutions can't keep pace in terms of raw performance, usability or total cost of ownership," said Sam Blackman, CEO and chairman of Elemental Technologies. "With its high performance and throughput, Elemental Live not only produces high quality video for live streaming, it can replace multiple CPU-only encoding systems at a fraction of the price while reducing power consumption, cooling requirements and the overall solution footprint."
Elemental Live delivers the high-quality, high-efficiency performance required for current and future live streaming applications. With unprecedented ease of integration and management, Elemental Live fits easily into any existing video content creation and delivery workflow. An intuitive web-based interface with real-time operator controls drives a seamless user experience and a REST interface allows content providers to quickly integrate Elemental Live into their workflow and execute command and control through a simple XML-based API.
"Live video is clearly driving one of the most dramatic growth segments in the technology marketplace, and content producers and CDNs as well as mobile device developers have embraced the business opportunity while the technology infrastructure plays catch-up," noted Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. "By leveraging the power of GPUs for live video encoding, Elemental Live represents a significant step forward in the quality, throughput and manageability that content providers can expect from a single system."
Key features of Elemental Live include:
-- Complete Adaptive Bit Rate Support - Create streams for any device
with full support for Flash Media Server, Microsoft Smooth Streaming
and Apple HTTP Live Streaming, all from a single system.
-- Broad Input and Flexible Output Support - Ingest multiple inputs from
IP, HD-SDI or SDI with support for multiple audio tracks; use the most
efficient codecs and containers for today's streaming media.
-- Proprietary Video Algorithms - Algorithms designed exclusively for the
GPU drive intelligent video processing and effects, saving valuable
computational cycles and improving video output quality.
-- Real-Time User Controls - Easy-to-use start and stop controls save
editing cycles and allow for instant posting of on-demand event
-- Interoperability and Redundancy - One-click integration available for
the most popular CDNs; publish to multiple endpoints simultaneously
-- Future Ready - Designed to support CableLabs® compliance for streaming
to cable set-top boxes, new standards such as HTML 5, and encoding for
Elemental will debut Elemental Live at NAB in Las Vegas April 12-15 with a four-screen demonstration that features simultaneous real-time encoding of multiple video streams targeted to mobile, tablet, web and HDTV platforms. Elemental Live will be generally available in May, 2010. Pricing is available upon request.
Elemental Technologies is the leading provider of massively parallel video processing solutions for enterprise video customers. Elemental's products use off-the-shelf, programmable graphics processing units (GPUs) for compute-intensive video processing and conversion tasks. The product line is ideal for digital media workflows that require video encoding for Internet and mobile delivery, faster-than-real-time transcoding, or support for adaptive bit rate distribution. Elemental's innovative solutions deliver unprecedented price/performance advantages to a variety of customers including broadcasters, online video platforms and content delivery networks. Founded in 2006, Elemental is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about Elemental, visit http://www.elementaltechnologies.com.
Source: Elemental Technologies
CONTACT: James McIntyre of McClenahan Bruer Communications,
+1-503-546-1016, firstname.lastname@example.org, for Elemental Technologies
WD(R) Launches Newest WD VelociRaptor(R) - The World's Fastest SATA Hard Drive Now Has Twice the Capacity
10,000 RPM, 2.5-inch, 600 GB, 6 Gb/s SATA Hard Drive Delivers High Performance and Capacity for Both Enthusiast and Enterprise Customers
LAKE FOREST, Calif., April 6 -- WD® (NYSE:WDC) announced today that it is now shipping WD VelociRaptor® 450 GB and 600 GB hard drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA family of hard drives. The new WD VelociRaptor hard drive is designed for blade servers, high-performance PCs, Mac® computers, professional workstations, as well as 1U and 2U rack servers that require a balance of high performance and capacity. As the only 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive on the market today, and a favorite amongst enthusiast and enterprise groups, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive now comes packed with twice the capacity and up to 15% performance increase over the previous generation.
The most popular hard drive for high-performance enthusiasts who demand the ultimate SATA drive, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built with enterprise-class mechanics that provide 24x7 durability under high-performance demands and packs up to 600 GB of capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor. The WD VelociRaptor drive is also available in the IcePack(TM) enclosure, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink - a factory customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps this powerful drive extra cool when installed in a high-performance desktop chassis and 3.5-inch HDD form factor enterprise chassis.
"WD is a leader in the performance and reliability of enterprise SATA hard drives," said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise business unit. "Demand for performance combined with an increase in capacity continues to rise and WD is the leader in this category. WD customers can rely on the new WD VelociRaptor to deliver high performance under the harshest conditions, while continuing to keep user data safe."
Features of the new WD VelociRaptor hard drives include:
-- Killer speed - SATA 6 Gb/s interface and 32 MB cache enhance the next
generation 10,000 RPM WD VelociRaptor making it up to 15% faster than
the award-winning previous generation.
-- Monstrous capacity - WD VelociRaptor SATA drives are available in
capacities up to 600 GB, double the capacity of the previous
-- Rock-solid reliability - Designed and manufactured to mission-critical
enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high
duty cycle environments. With 1.4 million hours MTBF, these drives
have the highest available reliability rating on a high capacity SATA
-- Ultra-cool operation - Consumes no more power than the previous
generation WD VelociRaptor while offering double the capacity and
-- IcePack mounting frame - The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor is enclosed in a
backplane-ready 3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a
built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive extra cool
when installed in high-performance desktop chassis.
-- Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF(TM)) - Optimizes operation and
performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive
-- NoTouch(TM) ramp load technology - The recording head never touches
the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head
and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
-- Environmentally conscious - In addition to being ROHS compliant, this
generation of WD VelociRaptor is also a halogen-free design.
Price and Availability
WD VelociRaptor (model WD4500HLHX and WD6000HLHX - 3.5-inch version with IcePack) hard drives are available now at select distributors and resellers. WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drives (model WD4500BLHX and WD6000BLHX) are under evaluation with OEM customers and will be available through select commercial distributors within this quarter. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD VelociRaptor 450 GB (model WD4500HLHX) is $299 USD and the 600 GB (model WD6000HLHX) is $329 USD. More information about WD VelociRaptor hard drives may be found on the company's Web site at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=821.
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and media products.
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (http://www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to: expected ship dates for the new WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drives. These forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations, and actual results may differ materially as a result of several factors, including: challenges faced in new product development and manufacturing ramp, supply and demand conditions in the hard drive industry and business conditions generally; and other risks and uncertainties listed in WD's recent SEC filings, including its form 10-Q for the third fiscal quarter of 2010. WD undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or for any other reason.
Western Digital, WD, WD VelociRaptor, and the WD logo are registered trademarks in the U.S. and other countries; IcePack, NoTouch and RAFF are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks herein are property of their respective owner. As used for interface, gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second. As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes and one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.
HulloMail(TM) Extends Voice Messaging App to all BlackBerry Curve Smartphones
LONDON, April 6, 2010-- HulloMail(TM) (http://www.hullomail.com), voice communications
innovator, has today announced that its popular voice messaging app is now
supported on the whole range of BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) smartphones,
- BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8300 smartphone series
- BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8500 smartphone series
- BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8900 smartphone
By downloading the app from BlackBerry App World(TM),
BlackBerry(R) smartphone users can now have voicemails pushed as audio files
directly to their handset and send and receive instant 'Hullo' voice messages
with friends or family, for free, both locally or internationally.
Andy Munarriz, founder and CEO, HulloMail said: "Having
listened to consumer feedback, we are pleased to announce expanding our
support for all models of the popular BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones.
People can access the app for free by visiting BlackBerry App World. Check it
Silverpop Launches Next-Generation Digital Marketing Platform
Silverpop's Engage 8 powers sophisticated email marketing automation and lead management tools
ATLANTA, April 6 -- Silverpop® today announced the launch of a new digital marketing platform that combines sophisticated email marketing tools with its top-ranked marketing automation and lead management applications. Silverpop Engage is now uniquely able to provide both B2C and B2B marketers the sophisticated on-demand solutions previously unavailable in one powerful platform.
A recent Silverpop survey of more than 1,800 marketers found that B2C and B2B marketers share many of the same goals. When asked what their top challenges are in the coming year, both groups said finding more prospective customers, up-selling or cross-selling to the customer base, improving analytics to strengthen campaigns and better leveraging new marketing channels are problems they face. Silverpop's new platform provides the tools and solutions to help B2C and B2B marketers overcome these challenges and better engage with customers and prospects. The new platform moves marketers from a "list-centric" to a "behavioral-centric" marketing approach, making it easier to develop campaigns that respond to individual interests and needs.
"I have always believed that the solutions supporting B2C and B2B marketers should come together into a single, scalable platform that makes the unique tools of each marketing discipline available to all, and our clients have overwhelmingly agreed," said Bill Nussey, CEO of Silverpop. "We've found that B2B marketing tools such as CRM integration and marketing automation are equally valuable to B2C marketers. And Silverpop's unrivaled email marketing innovations such as Share-to-Social and Send Time Optimization are invaluable resources that boost engagement and conversion for B2B marketers. So I'm really excited about the launch of the next generation of our marketing platform, Engage 8, that combines the powerful tools used by B2B and B2C marketers, giving them the best of both worlds. I believe it's the most powerful digital messaging tool the industry has ever seen."
Among the many marketing technologies found in Silverpop Engage 8, key features include:
-- Sophisticated Email Marketing tools to create and automate campaigns
that drive conversions and more deeply engage both current and
-- Lead Management capabilities that help marketers gain prospect insight
at every stage of the buying cycle. B2C and B2B marketers supporting a
direct sales force will know exactly when a lead has been qualified by
marketing, accepted by sales and converted.
-- Share-to-Social technology that enables email recipients to share
messages on their favorite social sites and provides valuable insight
and reporting data on recipient sharing activity.
-- The industry's most flexible Data and List Management solution to
import, manage and leverage the myriad marketing data needed to
execute sophisticated, multi-channel campaigns.
-- Silverpop's proprietary Send Time Optimization technology that
automatically sends emails to recipients when they're most likely to
-- For B2C or B2B marketers supporting a sales force, Lead and Contact
Scoring routes prospective customers identified as ready to buy to
sales and moves those not yet ready to purchase into automated
-- Nurture campaigns monitor buyer behavior and serve up timely and
relevant content, keeping a brand top of mind and helping move buyers
toward a purchase.
-- Campaign Automation, featuring the industry's premier drag-and-drop
visual campaign builder, reduces manual processes and builds
intelligent, automated, buyer-driven campaigns that save time and free
up marketing resources.
-- Improved marketing results are achievable with Reporting and Analytics
that deliver real-time, data-driven insights to optimize performance
and prove ROI.
-- CRM and Web Analytics integration leverages point-and-click
integration between Silverpop Engage, Salesforce.com, Web analytics
providers and virtually any other application, giving marketers the
power to improve relevance and boost marketing results.
-- Surveys to gather deeper customer insight and broader customer
attributes that can help drive ROI and increase the relevance of
-- Personalized Landing Pages, Web forms and microsites that can be
integrated with marketing efforts to drive acquisition and conversion.
-- Multichannel Marketing tools that automate and coordinate delivery of
messages across any number of channels, including email, Web sites,
landing pages, RSS, mobile and social media.
-- Silverpop Inbound monitors social buzz, identifies big picture trends
and allows marketers to dig deep and interact with relevant individual
social posts and conversations, thereby better garnering the benefits
of exciting inbound channels.
The Georgia Aquarium currently uses Silverpop's email marketing platform, and plans to take advantage of the CRM integration tools available in Silverpop Engage 8. "We are very excited about this new product offering," said Kristie Cobb Hacke, vice president of development and membership for the Georgia Aquarium. "We manage a tremendous amount of data about our members, visitors and donors, so the ability to house that information within one database will help us to more effectively create and analyze campaigns."
Silverpop's B2B clients are also enthusiastic about the benefits of Engage 8. The ability to use popular tools such as Share-to-Social and Send Time Optimization will help them achieve the same kind of dramatic results B2C marketers have enjoyed. And Silverpop's highly scalable email marketing solution, industry-high deliverability and recognized thought capital on email marketing best practices help ensure that B2B messages reach their intended destinations and achieve desired results.
"Silverpop's new integrated platform gives marketers access to all the unique features of this highly scalable product offering," said Carlos Hidalgo, president of The Annuitas Group, a leading lead management process consulting firm and Silverpop strategic partner. "B2B-focused companies will be able to use some of the most innovative email marketing tools around while also taking full advantage of lead scoring and nurturing tools, and all through one engagement marketing provider."
To learn more about the Silverpop Survey of B2C and B2B marketers, click here. To learn more about Silverpop Engage, click here.
Silverpop's on-demand digital marketing platform helps marketers succeed in turning prospects into customers--and customers into fans--through the creation, automation and delivery of relevant, multichannel digital messaging. Companies rely on the Silverpop Engage platform to create and manage sophisticated email marketing campaigns that reach millions of individuals--one at a time--engaging prospective customers and enhancing lifetime customer value and brand loyalty. Silverpop's marketing automation capabilities enable B2B marketers to efficiently manage leads and drive qualified sales opportunities through scoring and by nurturing campaigns that move prospects from interest to conversion. Silverpop's industry-leading thought capital, strategic counsel, service and support helps B2C and B2B customers with the precise level of training and advice needed to quickly improve campaign results and ROI. With offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, Silverpop's marketing technologies are used by industry-leading brands around the globe. Best practices and white papers are available at silverpop.com.
Kastle Systems Launches Next-Generation Security Systems at Vornado/Charles E. Smith Properties
System features IP-based Security and Advanced Video Monitoring Services
WASHINGTON, April 6 -- Kastle Systems will roll out the industry's most progressive security systems technology at Vornado/Charles E. Smith properties in the metro Washington area in 2010, featuring the use of IP technology and the integration of remote video monitoring services.
The foundation of Kastle System's solution is the Kastle IP Platform, which unifies different systems within the building, allowing more information to be collected and correlated for quicker, thorough insight into critical events. In addition to access control, Kastle's solution incorporates advances in analytic technology which enables surveillance cameras to be utilized as proactive sensors for real-time detection and deterrence. For instance, if someone were loitering in an alleyway late at night that would not only be automatically detected but it is also now possible for Kastle to open up an audio channel to speak directly to those persons and then to send the image/video clip to the property manager. All of these systems, its information and the monitoring of events is manned and supported 24x7 by Kastle experts.
Kastle's video monitoring service is truly a break through technology for commercial real estate. Video Surveillance is a common feature in most office buildings, yet in reality it is only used as a passive tool. "This upgrade provides active monitoring tools that will enable us to anticipate issues before they impact tenant security, safety, or operations," said Patrick Tyrrell, Chief Operating Officer of Vornado/Charles E. Smith.
"Today most property owners are using disparate building systems throughout their portfolio, including video and access systems. The systems require multiple resources to administer and manage them, and many of the systems are passive tools, thus reducing security efficiency, effectiveness and awareness. Kastle's IP-platform enables the seamless integration of systems and the ability to turn passive tools, such as video, into active solutions. This, combined with our unique managed service approach, supports Vornado's commitment to innovation, quality service, and their ability to continually increase efficiencies well into the future," said Piyush Sodha, CEO, Kastle Systems International.
Kastle Systems has been leading the industry for more than 37 years with new technologies and advanced security solutions. Kastle operates and manages security systems for its clients offsite, around-the-clock. Currently, Kastle protects more than 2,000 properties with over 37,000 tenant spaces, for a total of 386 million square feet of office space nationwide and internationally. Over 2 million people use Kastle Access Control daily.
Kastle's innovative outsourced security services significantly reduce costs and improve the critically important, 24/7 performance of security systems for building owners, developers, and tenants. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Kastle Systems has offices in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Sydney, Australia. To learn more about Kastle's security solutions, visit http://www.kastle.com.
Source: Kastle Systems
CONTACT: Lisa Brown, Kastle Systems, +1-703-247-0238, email@example.com
Three New iPad Protective Cases Now Available From case-mate
The Highly Anticipated iPad is Here - Keep it Looking Brand New with Stylish and Durable case-mate Cases
ATLANTA, April 6 -- case-mate, a designer of innovative accessories for mobile devices, today announced the market availability of three new iPad cases at http://www.case-mate.com.
iPad users can ensure their coveted device stays protected with a case from case-mate. Offered in a variety of designs, materials and price points, current and future iPad owners are sure to find an option that matches their personal style and protection needs.
"Case-mate strives to create cutting-edge accessories and cases for today's most popular mobile devices," said Shashi Reddy, founder and CEO of case-mate. "The iPad is one of the most talked about gadgets of 2010 and we're excited to be launching a series of fashion-forward and stylistically diverse cases to safeguard it during and between use."
The selection of case-mate iPad cases include:
-- 'Walkabout' Felt Folio: This case has a side opening, leather accents
and pockets for storage. A magnetic strap keeps the iPad in place.
-- 'Traveler' Leather Commuter: This executive folio made of premium tan
leather has embedded magnetic locks for a sleek fit.
-- 'Express' Nylon Folio: Created out of a black ballistic nylon
material, this splash-resistant folio offers fuss-free protection.
All three case-mate iPad cases are available now at http://www.case-mate.com. They range in price from $20.00 to $80.00. case-mate will be launching three other iPad cases in Q2, which include the Gelli series, Tough and I Make My Case personalization tool.
Launching innovative accessories since 2006, case-mate combines design engineering with cutting-edge materials to protect, adorn and enhance mobile technology. A melting pot of entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world, case-mate believes that there is nothing more important than the freedom of self-expression ... our mantra "Freedom To Be Truly You" inspires every creative output, every day. This core principle carries through our products, packaging and partnerships and brings to life case-mate's vision in a dynamic technology marketplace. To learn more, please visit http://www.case-mate.com.
CONTACT: Monica Rohleder, Signal Rock Communications, +1-847-606-1973,
Savvis to Debut New Sales Team Dedicated to the Software Vertical at SaaSCon 2010
Expansion of vertical sales efforts expected to contribute to both Software-as-a-Service and overall revenue growth
ST. LOUIS, April 6 -- Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises, today announced the formation of a new sales team dedicated to the software vertical. Software joins financial services and media as the third vertical targeted by Savvis, as it continues to focus on enhancing its sales and marketing efforts.
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is included in the software vertical, and these clients are particularly interested in Savvis' leading-edge cloud platforms, which are a critical part of the company's solution for this vertical. In 2009, Savvis added more than 40 SaaS clients to its roster and reported SaaS revenue of $71 million, up 38% over the prior year.
The software market is undergoing a significant transition and, as a result, companies in this vertical are forced to continually evolve. By outsourcing their infrastructure to Savvis, software providers can remain focused on their core business, software development, and concentrate on meeting the needs of their customers.
"We all know that software companies follow a software development life cycle, however, all lifecycles are not created equal," said Bill McNee, founder and chief executive officer of Saugatuck Technology. "Savvis has created a flexible solution to meet the core needs of software firms from development through deployment."
"Creating a sales team dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients in the software vertical will help Savvis continue to drive additional value for these businesses, by leveraging our consultative sales approach, delivering specialized services and responding to unique client needs quickly and accurately," said Larry Steele, vice president - hosting business unit of Savvis. "Our clients also gain peace of mind knowing that they have a secure, scalable and global hosting platform that enables fast, economical and reliable deployment of their applications."
The dedicated software sales team will be located in various cities around the United States. These locations were specifically selected as they are home to a large concentration of software companies and will allow the team to be highly accessible to its core clients.
On April 6 and 7, Savvis will be attending SaaSCon 2010, an industry event dedicated to helping companies learn about SaaS and related cloud-based services. Members of the software sales team will be on-site to answer questions and to demonstrate how Savvis' services can help software clients reduce IT costs, while focusing on their core business. For more information on SaaSCon 2010, please visit saascon.com.
Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS) is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises. More than 2,500 unique clients, including 30 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500, use Savvis to reduce capital expense, improve service levels and harness the latest advances in cloud computing. For more information, please visit savvis.net.
Source: Savvis, Inc.
CONTACT: Investors, Peggy Reilly Tharp, +1-314-628-7491,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Media, Carter Cromley, +1-703-667-6110,
email@example.com, both of Savvis, Inc.
EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. Receives $4.5 Million in Orders to Support the Department of Defense Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program
Company to provide secure wireless products for energy management systems
IRVING, Texas, April 6 -- EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFJI) today announced that its 3e Technologies International (3eTI) subsidiary has received orders valued at $4.5 million from U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) prime contractors to deliver its FIPS 140-2 Validated(TM) secure wireless mesh products in support of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program. The orders call for the Company to deliver its products for deployment across many DoD locations.
"The AMI program is enabling the DoD to install advanced meters for use in monitoring energy consumption at military installations to meet key tenets of the Federal Energy Policy Act," said Michael Jalbert, president and chief executive officer of EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. "Our affordable secure wireless mesh products are supporting the establishment of a robust AMI network infrastructure that provides two-way communication between the advanced meters and the energy management system. This program will lead to better utilization of DoD energy resources, and we are pleased to help them in their ongoing commitment to achieving greater energy efficiency."
About EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.
Headquartered in Irving, Texas, EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. focuses on innovating, developing and marketing the highest quality secure communications solutions to organizations whose mission is to protect and save lives. The Company's customers include first responders in public safety and public service, the federal government, and industrial organizations. The Company's products are marketed under the EFJohnson, 3e Technologies International, and Transcrypt International names and are Made in America. For more information, visit http://www.efjohnsontechnologies.com/.
Certain matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed, suggested or implied by the forward-looking statements due to a number of risk factors including, but not limited to, our ability to repay our bank debt when due, continued access to bank lines of credit, the timing and receipt of orders, the level of demand for the Company's products and services, dependence on continued funding of governmental agency programs, reliance on contract manufacturers, the timely procurement of necessary manufacturing components, software feature development and the implementation of application software, successful integration of the system components, general economic and business conditions, and other risks detailed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2009 and in the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
Source: EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.
CONTACT: investor relations, Jana Ahlfinger Bell, +1-972-819-0700,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or trade press, Timi Jackson, +1-972-819-2336, tjackson
@efji.com, both of EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.
Use of Emerging Protocol Will Enable the FiOS Network to Accommodate Long-Term Growth and Support Future Innovative Services
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 6 -- Verizon has begun testing on its all-fiber FiOS network a new Internet communications protocol that will enable the Internet to continue to expand and facilitate the future development of innovative services.
The new protocol - known as Internet Protocol version 6, or IPv6 - is designed to eventually replace the current Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), which over the next few years is expected to reach the maximum number of IP addresses it can accommodate, due to the rapid growth of the World Wide Web and IP-connected devices.
IPv6 expands the number of possible addresses from approximately 4 billion with IPv4 to roughly 340 trillion trillion trillion IPv6 addresses.
Because both IPv4 and IPv6 will be in use during the expected lengthy transition period, network-connected equipment and network operating systems must be able to handle both protocols.
"FiOS is a key service that can take advantage of IPv6," said Jean McManus, executive director - packet network technology for Verizon. "We've been working on an IPv6 transition plan for FiOS along with our other residential and enterprise services, and this work involves testing network equipment and making necessary customer premises equipment changes to ensure interoperability and proper operation of equipment. The FiOS trial is a key step toward enabling IPv6 in our core network, on edge routers and on CPE."
Verizon's month-long trial of IPv6 involves FiOS-enabled customer homes with customized CPE - provided by Verizon - that can support both IPv6 and IPv4. The dual protocol setup will also be implemented on Verizon's edge gateway routers. Verizon employs 6PE technology, which uses IPv6-provider edge routers to connect across the company's IPv4 MPLS core. The IPv6 traffic is then sent over IPv6-capable peering connections.
A key advantage of IPv6, McManus said, is that a customer's home router would no longer require network address translation (NAT), which makes it possible for a single public Internet address to be translated into many private IP addresses to accommodate multiple IP-enabled devices inside the home. IPv6 allows each device to have its own public address. This streamlining of the home environment will allow for more innovation in services to occur.
"As a result of this trial, we can begin to validate our strategy for IPv6 migration for the residential market while maintaining service continuity during the transition," she said.
Verizon has a long heritage of IPv6 expertise. The company was one of the first in the industry to begin deploying the protocol in 1998 for its very high-performance backbone network service (vBNS) for its government customers. Today, Verizon continues to support IPv6 on its networks used by enterprise and government customers and will enable and deploy additional IPv6 equipment and services on its public and private IP global networks in 2010 and 2011.
Verizon Wireless is also implementing IPv6 in its evolved packet core that will be supporting the Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployment.
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Pliant Technology Co-Founder Mike Chenery to Present at Storage Networking World (SNW) Conference on April 12 in Orlando, Fla.
Chenery to Provide Best Practices Guidelines for IT Professionals to Increase System Performance and Efficiency with Enterprise Solid State Drives
MILPITAS, Calif., April 6 --
WHO: Pliant Technology President and Co-Founder, Mike Chenery
WHAT: Enterprise-caliber SSDs - or Enterprise Flash Drives (EFDs) -
have the potential to dramatically increase enterprise IT and
data center system performance, as well as provide a significant
lowering of IT energy costs and space requirements. Chenery's
presentation will provide guidelines and best practices to help
IT professionals and system developers architect next-generation
systems to take full advantage of these new devices, while
simultaneously meeting new Green IT requirements and reducing IT
WHEN: Monday, April 12, 2010, 2:50 - 3:35 p.m. ET
WHERE: SNW Spring 2010 (http://www.snwusa.com/): Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort, 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819
WHY: To educate server and storage system developers on architecting
future enterprise IT systems to take full advantage of the
significant performance and efficiency gains of new high-
performance SSD technologies.
Pliant Technology (http://www.plianttechnology.com) develops Enterprise
Flash Drives (EFDs), a new class of ultra-high performance,
energy-efficient solid state data storage drives that meet the
demanding performance and reliability needs of data centers and
other high performance computing environments.
CONTACT: Cyndi Babasa
Walt & Company
408.369.7200, x. 1062
Source: Pliant Technology
CONTACT: Cyndi Babasa of Walt & Company, +1-408-369-7200, ext. 1062,
MultiVu Video Feed: Yelp.com Announces Major Product Changes
Popular Local Search Site Seeks to Maximize Transparency, Minimize Confusion
NEW YORK, April 6 --
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
6:00-6:15 AM ET 1:00-1:15 PM ET
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NEWS: Yelp Provides More Transparency around Review Filter to Eliminate Confusion; Discontinues "Favorite Review"
FORMAT: B-roll and Soundbites
Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/), the community-led local search site, today outlined steps it is taking to increase transparency across the site to minimize confusion around how user reviews are presented to consumers. Beginning today, anyone who wants to see which reviews have been identified by Yelp's automated review filter will be able to do so via a link to a separate page containing that content. The company has also eliminated the "Favorite Review" feature that has been a part of its advertising product for the past four years.
Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and CEO, Yelp.com
Dr. Vail Reese, MD, Union Square Dermatology, Yelp advertiser
Joe Alexander, Owner, Keetsa Mattress, Yelp advertiser
B-ROLL INCLUDES: ***Press Release***Product Shots (Review Filter) ***Product Shots (Favorite Review feature: before and after) ***Product Shots (Free business owner guide and tools on Yelp)
Interior shots of Yelp's San Francisco office
VIDEO PROVIDED BY: Yelp.com
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