Interoperable Modems, HDTV Among CableNET™'97 Highlights
Louisville, Colorado, October 22, 1997—Interoperable standards-based cable modems and digital television are among the highlights of CableNET™'97, a hands-on multi-vendor technology showcase created exclusively for the Western Show, December 10 to 12, in Anaheim, California.
CableNET™, now in its fifth year, is co-sponsored by Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs®) and the California Cable Television Association (CCTA). The 1997 demo will include advanced technologies, services and applications from more than 45 participating supplier companies.
There will be more than 70 active working demos throughout the 6,000-square-foot exhibit, each staffed by personnel from the participating vendor company whose technology is on display at that pedestal location. The demonstrations are all running on a hybrid fiber/coaxial cable system built as part of the exhibit.
Once again, Century Communications, cable provider in Orange County, California, will greatly assist the demonstration by providing space for hot staging CableNET™ during late October and mid-November, and by providing technical support and assistance during the show.
This year's demonstration marks a major milestone for the cable industry. A separate section of CableNET™ will be devoted to companies planning to display their prototype interoperable, standards-based modems. It will include the first sets of interoperable standards-based cable modems that are beginning to emerge from laboratories around the world and will shortly begin to filter into the high-speed data marketplace. This follows on the work being done within CableLabs with vendors in the incubator laboratory facilities.
In addition, some high definition television (HDTV) displays donated by consumer electronics manufacturers will be set up in the booth for attendees to sample HDTV programming. CableNET™ also will include standard digital video.
The demonstrations will be color-coded based upon five separate categories: (1) Standards-based cable modem interoperability demonstration; (2) Proprietary cable modem solutions; (3) Digital video - demonstrations that incorporate delivery, display or measurement of digital video; (4) Education/Entertainment - demonstrations whose content is educational or entertainment-based in nature; (5) Information/Internet Technologies - demonstrations that show information/Internet technology transfer over a cable network.
"The confluence of a first-ever display of interoperable, standards-based digital cable modems, coupled with the display of digital television, is a true indication of the cable industry's embracing the digital age," said Dr. Richard R. Green, president and CEO of CableLabs.
The CableNET™ '97 site on the World Wide Web will debut December 1. "We try to make it as much fun as the actual physical demonstration," said Green. "The CableNET™ site www.cablenet.org strives to be an easy to access, appealing gateway to the cable television industry's expanding presence on the Web."
Said Spencer Kaitz, president and general counsel of CCTA: "CableNET™ maintains an educational focus on technology both at the show and on the Web. It works well as a one-stop location for all Western Show attendees who are interested in seeing cable's potential on display."
A list of the companies demonstrating at CableNET™ follows:
- 3Com Corp. demonstrates its interoperable standards-based US Robotics-brand telco-return and two-way cable modems for high-speed Internet access with speeds up to 38 Mbps for web surfing, IP-telephony, streaming video and other popular Internet applications.
- Assured Digital, Inc. demonstrates security module proposals that seek to comply with the cable interoperable modem specification.
- Bay Networks, Inc. has a number of demonstrations that focus on delivery of high-speed data using proprietary cable modems. Included are distance learning, multimedia, telecommuting, electronic commerce transactions such as electronic banking, mail order, web order, Internet Protocol (IP) phones, network management, and MPEG-2 video delivery. Bay also will demonstrate prototype interoperable standards-based modems.
- Broadcom Corp. demonstrates prototype interoperable standards-based cable modems providing high-speed connectivity technology.
- CableData, Inc., exhibits two demonstrations that show online, real-time access and communication to CableData's customer care and billing management system via the Internet, including access through wireless hand-held personal digital assistant (PDA) devices.
- Cisco Systems, Inc. shows its standards-based solutions for cable system operators and consumer electronics manufacturers.
- Com21, Inc. demonstrates virtual private networking for residential and business applications, and high-speed Internet access with its proprietary cable modem system.
- Community Networks, Inc. demonstrates a data services business solution and extends the advantages of high-speed Internet access to the mass market by bringing the local community on-line.
- Digital Camera Network exhibits a real-time image acquisition system delivering live images to cable subscribers via the Internet.
- Ericsson, Inc. shows telephony, Internet access, broadcast video, switched interactive video and energy management over the cable network using asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) transport and switching.
- Evolve Products, Inc. displays a two-way universal remote as a tool for tune-in promotion, pay per view and local advertising.
- Excite, the multimedia research and development lab at Simon Fraser University, exhibits interactive content interfaces and developments for a cable thin-client set-top box.
- FORE Systems, Inc., demonstrates sending real-time video using asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) technology over dark fiber. Applications include distance learning applications, teleconferencing, remote arraignment, and telemedicine.
- Harmonic Lightwaves shows an interoperable standards-based cable modem termination system for high-speed cable data services.
- Hayes Microcomputer Products shows multiple standards-based one-way cable modems with new architecture that allow cable operators to choose their Internet service providers at any location.
- Hukk Engineering demonstrates a method of signal analysis of quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) digital signals.
- Hybrid Networks, Inc. shows applications such as videoconferencing, video streaming and remote access over proprietary cable modems.
- ICTV, Inc. demonstrates its open platform to deliver high-speed Internet access, electronic mail and arcade-quality CD-ROM games over the cable to the television set.
- Integrity Communications, Inc. shows flexible proprietary cable modem architecture providing high-speed data services, interactive services, multimedia, and telecommuting.
- Intel Corporation demonstrates a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface for standards-based cable modems in personal computers.
- International Billing Services, Inc. exhibits interactive bill presentment.
- Libit Signal Processing demonstrates prototype design and components for standards-based interoperable cable modems.
- Motorola shows applications and new features for high-speed delivery of data using proprietary CyberSURFR™ cable modems. Included are interactive gaming, electronic commerce transactions, IP multicasting, IP telephony, 16 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) and prototype interoperable cable modem termination system and modems.
- NextLevel Systems, Inc. shows an advanced high-speed Internet networking application that enables cable operators to leverage Internet Service Provider (ISP) networks to deliver high-speed downstream data services to existing ISP subscribers.
- Novell, Inc. exhibits a directory service, an application launcher, and management software applications.
- Online System Services demonstrates a high-speed approach to allowing cable operators to own and grow their on-line community with Internet access and web services.
- Panasonic Video Communications Co., a division of Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co., shows a prototype standards-based interoperable cable modem.
- Phasecom, Inc. demonstrates a prototype standards-based interoperable cable modem that allows for delivery of high-speed data services over a cable network.
- QNX Software Systems Ltd. exhibits its QNX real-time operating system and Internet Appliance Toolkit, which together provide a standards-based foundation for creating set-top boxes, smart phones, Internet TVs, and other web-enabled products.
- RealNetworks, Inc. provides synchronized multimedia over the Internet to a computer desktop.
- Scientific Atlanta, Inc., demonstrates an Explorer 2000™ digital set-top, PowerTV™ Operating System and interactive program guide.
- SkyConnect, Inc. and Oracle demonstrate digital ad insertion using the Oracle Video Server on SkyConnect's hardware platform.
- Sun Microsystems exhibits its OEM-built Internet set top, powered by the Sun Information Appliance Software Suite, which connects to any standard TV to provide Web browsing and e-mail. It connects to the Internet via standard or cable modems.
- Toshiba America Information Systems uses a prototype interoperable modem to demonstrate the use of streaming video and IP phone for distance learning.
- Tut Systems, Inc. demonstrates Internet access solutions for local loop, campus, high-rise, and home networking.
- VideoActive Corporation exhibits an adaptive pay-per-view schedule creator for video servers that may be located at local cable headends.
- Video Networks, Inc. provides integrated video transport, network management and electronic commerce for seamless distribution and ubiquitous access of video nationwide.
- VR - 1, Inc. shows networked games played over the Internet via cable modem connectivity.
- Ward Laboratories Inc. exhibits its new video noise reduction system developed in conjunction with the Canadian Cable Labs Fund (Rogers Cablesystems Limited) and the University of British Columbia.
- WaterLink Systems, Inc. demonstrates a system of urban landscape water management over a cable system using narrow bandwidth cable data transmission of weather-based information.
- WorldGate Communications, Inc. shows Web browsing and communications with the Internet through a high-speed connection to an Internet service provider.
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