Motorola Inc’s Multimedia Group and Sun Microsystems Inc agreed in principle to establish a strategic alliance to develop new means for cable television companies to deliver high-speed data communications and Internet services to the home. The so-called Cyberspace Alliance is structured around Motorola’s CyberSURFR cable modems, and Sun’s head-end and Internet servers and its Java programming language and tools. The two describe the planned end as tightly integrated end-to-end systems based on complementary technologies that use open interfaces. The two reportedly claim that their system is able to transfer data over 700 times faster than most homes can currently access the Internet.
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