ComStream Hi-Media and U.S. Robotics enter alliance for cable modems.SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 19, 1997-- ComStream's Hi-Media Division, a leading integrated circuit (IC) provider for the broadband digital communications market, and U.S. Robotics Corp. announced an alliance whereby Hi-Media will supply integrated circuits and other components to U.S. Robotics for use in U.S. Robotics' new cable access system and other broadband applications.
In September 1994, Hi-Media introduced the world's first integrated QAM (1) (Quality Assessment Measurement) A system used to measure and analyze voice transmission.
(2) (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) A modulation technique that employs both phase modulation (PM) and amplitude modulation (AM). demodulator See demodulate.
A device used to recover the original modulating signal from a modulated wave. A demodulator is also known as a detector. with forward error correction A communications technique that can correct bad data on the receiving end. Before transmission, the data are processed through an algorithm that adds extra bits for error correction. If the transmitted message is received in error, the correction bits are used to repair it. (FEC See forward error correction.
FEC - Forward Error Correction ) (compliant with the North America ITU (International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, Switzerland, www.itu.ch) A telecommunications standards body that is under the auspices of the United Nations. Comprising more than 185 member countries, the ITU sets standards for global telecom networks. standard) and is a major supplier of QAM products for digital cable and wireless cable applications. U.S. Robotics' new telco-return cable access system, which uses ComStream's QAM IC, is being demonstrated at the National Cable Television Association Cable '97 trade show in New Orleans, March 16-19.
"Hi-Media is extremely excited about working with U.S. Robotics in the broadband modem area," commented Stephen Blake, general manager of Hi-Media.
"U.S. Robotics' entry into the cable modem arena and the recent emergence of a common cable modem standard means significant volume may finally emerge in this industry later this year," added Greg Mauro, director of new business development for Hi- Media. "U.S. Robotics' established brand and distribution channels will allow these new products to be pushed at retail for use in both existing and upgraded cable systems -- this should really drive large volumes."
"Hi-Media's track record in DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite) A one-way TV broadcast service from a communications satellite to a small round or oval dish antenna no larger than 20" in diameter. (direct broadcast satellite) and MMDS (Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service or Microwave Multipoint Distribution Service) A digital wireless transmission system that works in the 2.2-2.4 GHz range. (multichannel multipoint distribution system) demonstrates that they can invent enabling transmission technology and cost-reduce it quickly," commented Semir Sirazi, vice president/general manager of U.S. Robotics' Cable Access Business Unit. "This will help U.S. Robotics to bring cable modem price points down to levels that will increasingly enable widespread consumer adoption."
U.S. Robotics is one of the world's leading suppliers of products and systems that provide access to information. The company designs, manufactures, markets and supports remote access servers, LAN switching equipment, desktop/mobile client products and modems, telephony products and handheld organizers.
U.S. Robotics' products connect computers and other equipment over analog, digital and switched cellular networks, enabling users to gain access to, manage and share data, fax and voice information. Its customers include Internet service providers Internet service provider (ISP)
Company that provides Internet connections and services to individuals and organizations. For a monthly fee, ISPs provide computer users with a connection to their site (see data transmission), as well as a log-in name and password. , regional Bell operating companies, inter-exchange carriers and a wide range of other large and small businesses, institutions and individuals. The company's fiscal 1996 sales were $1.98 billion.
Based in San Diego, ComStream's Hi-Media Division is a leading systems-driven IC developer. Hi-Media's digital transmission ICs are in over half the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) set-top boxes shipped to date in the United States.
With over three million DBS ICs delivered, Hi-Media is also the dominant supplier for transmission components for the digital video initiatives of the telecommunications industry. As a solutions-focused business, Hi-Media offers market-leading ICs together with production-ready reference designs, network interface modules (NIMs), production tools and test equipment.
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