Diba Inc, the company formed in Menlo Park, California by Oracle Corp refugees to enable manufacturers to put your electrical appliances on the Internet has adopted the Motorola Inc MPC860 as the first processor for its Diba Application Foundation software environment for the creation of information appliances. It has also won the Panasonic arm of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd – the company that scored a runaway hit with the overnight bread-maker – and Proxima Inc – for its technologies: the two want to use Diba’s designs as the basis for new families of Information Appliances. Panasonic plans a family of Internet telephones and Proxima a line of Internet-enabled multimedia projectors and all is to be revealed at Comdex/Fall. And Samsung Electronics Co, which has adopted the Diba design, plans to use the MPC860 family to power information appliances and televisions. Its MPC860-based 27 Internet television – it was going to have been 29 (CI No 3,002) – which it said will be available in South Korea this year and in Japan and the US in 1997.
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