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Breaking open the set top box
Author(s): David Banks; Anthony Wiley; Nicolas Catania; Alastair N. Coles; Duncan Smith; Simon Baynham; Eric Deliot; Rod Chidzey
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we describe the work being done at HP Labs Bristol in the area of home networks and gateways. This work is based on the idea of breaking open the set top box by physically separating the access network specific functions from the application specific functions. The access network specific functions reside in an access network gateway that can be shared by many end user devices. The first section of the paper present the philosophy behind this approach. The end user devices and the access network gateways must be interconnected by a high bandwidth network which can offer a bounded delay service for delay sensitive traffic. We are advocating the use of IEEE 1394 for this network, and the next section of the paper gives a brief introduction to this technology. We then describe a prototype digital video broadcasting satellite compliant gateway that we have built. This gateway could be used, for example, by a PC for receiving a data service or by a digital TV for receiving an MPEG-2 video service. A control architecture is the presented which uses a PC application to provide a web based user interface to the system. Finally, we provide details of our work on extending the reach of IEEE 1394 and its standardization status.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3228, Multimedia Networks: Security, Displays, Terminals, and Gateways, (1 February 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.300882
Show Author Affiliations
David Banks, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United Kingdom)
Anthony Wiley, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United Kingdom)
Nicolas Catania, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United Kingdom)
Alastair N. Coles, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United Kingdom)
Duncan Smith, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United Kingdom)
Simon Baynham, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United Kingdom)
Eric Deliot, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United Kingdom)
Rod Chidzey, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3228:
Multimedia Networks: Security, Displays, Terminals, and Gateways
Louis S. Lome; V. Michael Bove; Barbara Derryberry; Clifford R. Holliday; Louis S. Lome; Vishal Markandey; Andrew G. Tescher; Bhaskaran Vasudev, Editor(s)

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