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TV Cabo has placed an initial order for 55,000 Di6000 home gateways from Pace Micro Technology plc, Pace reports. The Di6000 is being developed for the Portugese cable operator and will integrate Microsoft TV Advanced in an embedded custom hardware product. Dollar amounts and rollout dates were not disclosed.

Pace says the gateway has been designed to support full-featured Web browsers and multimedia applications for interactive digital and analog systems. It also has a DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS cable modem and can be configured for global markets.

The deal is part of a long-term agreement between the two that includes the goal of integrating Microsoft's TV Basic and TV Advanced software on Pace's home gateways.

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