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Whirlpool, Sun to develop home networking architecture
Efforts to Unite Broadband Technology with Home Appliances
January 6, 2000,
Volume 21, Issue 1

Sun and Whirlpool Corporation will collaborate on the development of a home networking architecture for Whirlpool's Networked Home Solutions that will feature a new generation of home products and services using broadband connectivity and Sun's consumer technologies.

Prototypes of an Internet connected refrigerator using open technology were displayed at CES in Sun's .com Home. The networked refrigerator includes a portable handheld device with a home base on the door. The new device allows consumers to remotely monitor and control the networked appliances and to access a host of other Internet-based products and services for the home. This prototype is just the first of a complete line of products that Whirlpool has under development.

This announcement strongly supports Whirlpool's global business strategy providing innovative branded solutions to consumers for the activities in and around the home. As a part of that strategy, this relationship underscores Whirlpool's efforts to accelerate the deployment of Internet-enabled products and services outfitted with broadband technology.

Sun will provide architecture and engineering support for the e-enabled Whirlpool products and services, as well as business development support by referring potential partners and future distribution opportunities to Whirlpool. In addition, Whirlpool will aggressively market the advantages of using sophisticated Java and Jini technologies to drive networked home communication.

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