Motorola, S-A Boost Digital Set-Top, eMTA Shipments

Both Motorola Inc. and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. posted higher shipments of advanced digital cable set-top boxes and voice modems in the second quarter. In particular, both cable equipment manufacturers reported that they scored with high-definition (HD) set-tops, either combined with digital video recording (DVR) capabilities or as standalone boxes. Motorola said it shipped 644,000 HD/DVR set-tops in the spring quarter, up from 545,000 boxes in the first quarter. The cable industry's leading box maker also shipped 191,000 standalone HD set-tops, up from 153,000 in the first quarter. In addition, it shipped 1,119,000 interactive digital set-tops, up from 691,000 in the first three months of the year. S-A reported that it shipped about 300,000 HD/DVR boxes and 154,000 standalone HD boxes for a total of 454,000 HD set-tops in its fiscal fourth quarter, up 4% from the previous quarter. Total DVR shipments rose 9% to 542,000 units, as the company sold 242,000 standalone DVR boxes. Overall, S-A sold 1,190,000 set-tops in the spring quarter, thanks largely to higher demand for its Explorer digital boxes. On the broadband side of the business, S-A said it shipped 343,000 embedded multimedia terminal adapters (eMTAs) in the latest quarter, up 37% from the prior three-month period. Motorola reported shipping 324,000 voice modems, up 8% from the first quarter.
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