AOL, Broadcom, Gateway, and Transmeta to develop Internet appliance
IRVINE, Calif. -- America Online, Broadcom, Gateway, and Transmeta on Friday will announce an alliance to jointly develop and market an Internet appliance that will enable the movement of streaming audio and video content between music players, TVs, PCs, and cable modems. The capability will use standard phone lines.
The Internet appliance, to be made by Gateway Inc., will be based on an x86-based processor from Transmeta Corp. and home-networking chips from Broadcom Corp. More details are expected on Tuesday.
In a separate announcement made today by Broadcom and Gateway, the two companies said they also plan to deliver new products and services for voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in home and office telephony applications. The strategic partnership aims to speed up the availability of local and long-distance voice services over the Internet, said Broadcom and Gateway.
"Our partnership with Gateway is a major step forward in transforming the PC from a 'computing island' to a connected multimedia appliance," said Henry T. Nicholas III, president and CEO of Broadcom. "This isn't about simply sharing data or Web access. It's about sharing music, video, and telephone calls with all existing household phones, TVs and stereos."
According to the two companies, the first step in the alliance involves Gateway's use of Broadcom's BCM4211 chip set for 10-megabit home networking. The networking capability is being made available for free to PC customers in Gateway's "Select and Performance" desktop computers. The capability give PC customers the ability to share Internet access, printers and other peripherals by plugging a HomePNA 2.0-equipped Gateway system into standard phone lines.