Sun and Cisco have formed a consumer market alliance to develop an
open, standards-based architecture for Internet home gateway systems
Sun and Cisco will market the jointly developed architecture to consumer
electronic and appliance manufacturers for use in networked devices
and products. The architecture, which will support the Open Service
Gateway Initiative (OSGi) standard and Sun's Java technology, will be
integrated into Cisco's new Internet Home Gateway series of products.
A prototype of Cisco's Internet Home Gateway product using Java technology
was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in the Sun, GTE, Cisco
"Connected Family Demonstration Suite". The "Connected Family Suite"
showed how Cisco's offerings, using Java technology, provide consumers
with high-speed Internet access and the ability to connect several
computers, phones, printers, faxes and other Internet-ready devices in
their home. In addition, the Cisco offerings will give consumers the
flexibility to remotely manage their home while at work, set Internet
usage guidelines for their children, and deploy integrated data, voice
and video services such as video-on-demand in their home.
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