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For Wireless, a Big Week in the Big Easy

Companies dealing in wireless telecom unleashed a torrent of announcements March 14 as the CTIA Wireless conference opened in New Orleans.

The announcements touched on software and hardware developed or supported in San Diego.

Among the announcements:

Digital Orchid, a San Diego software house, unveiled software that can give NASCAR fans short video clips via the Verizon Wireless network. The product is called Nascar.com To Go.

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Irdeto Access launched content security software for sending content to mobile handsets. Irdeto has its U.S. office in Poway and a main office in the Netherlands. It is a subsidiary of Naspers Ltd. of South Africa.

Sprint announced it will bring out a multimedia handset from LG, a South Korean company that has its U.S. mobile phone headquarters in San Diego.

Nokia announced it would release three new Code Division Multiple Access handsets. They include a low-price model, due in the second quarter, and a deluxe model with a camera and a navigation system, due in the fourth quarter. Finland-based Nokia develops its CDMA phones in Scripps Ranch.

Qualcomm Inc. demonstrated several refinements to its CDMA wireless communications technology. It also demonstrated a new security feature (specifically, a digital rights management solution) that it developed in conjunction with Philips.

Separately on March 14, Qualcomm named Rich Sulpizio as president of its MediaFLO business unit. MediaFLO is a nationwide television service that could broadcast to mobile phone handsets as soon as next year. Also, Qualcomm announced an effort to make its FLO technology a world standard for television on a handset.

Brad Graves


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