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Motorola rolls out three DCT-5000 models; outlines strategy

Sun, 06/10/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

Days after AT&T Broadband phased down how it would use DCT-5000 technology, Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector rolled out three new versions and outlined its strategy for the line.

The DCT-5100, DCT-5200 and DCT-52X0 are built on a common design platform, Motorola says. All three evolved from 1999's DCT5000, billed then as a set-top with a triple-tuner architecture and watch, talk and surf capabilities. Each of the new ones has DCT-5000 capabilities, and depending on the model, can support HDTV decoding as a standard, PVR capabilities, an HPNA home-networking option and an updated, front-panel I/O.

The new platforms are designed to let operators "aggressively ward off digital broadcast satellite competition," Motorola says.

The company notes its plans for the 5000 include a Web pad, a wireless, hand-held, touch-screen product that allows Web access via the set-top without interrupting the program being viewed. Other plans include adding streaming and home-networking capabilities, dual PVR and the next generation of USB, Motorola says.

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