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Texas Instruments Plots the Evolution of Home Network

Vice President of TI's DSP Systems, Greg Delagi, Presents at Asia Broadband Connections

Nov 17, 2005

SHANGHAI, CHINA (Nov. 17, 2005) - As consumers' digital lifestyles continue to evolve, so must the applications and services delivered by operators and technology providers, was the message delivered today by Greg Delagi, vice president of DSP Systems at Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN]. In his keynote session at the Asia Broadband Connections Conference in Shanghai, China, Delagi described for attendees how TI was working to deliver the software and silicon required to excite consumers and increase demand for next generation products.
Delagi shared the industry's vision about the future of broadband, which will encompass much more than a high-speed Internet connection with a device or two linked to it. New voice, video and audio applications will deliver services beyond what consumers can imagine today. For example, programming guides will evolve from a static display of the broadcast schedule into a browseable database that combines "mass-market" media content with personal content, distributed to whatever device is most convenient. Numerous voice applications will continue to progress in quality and functionality, as well, allowing consumers to not only communicate with each other but with networked devices throughout their environment, such as their automobile and appliances.
However, while consumers are receptive to the idea of the digital home, most of them do not have the time, knowledge or inclination to put one together, much less repair it if something goes wrong. According to Delagi, the "Anytime, Anywhere" vision is best delivered by a single source that offers, installs and manages all networks and services, presenting a unique opportunity for today's service providers.
"Today, consumers have to just 'plug and pray' to construct their own networked home," said Delagi. "We see a huge opportunity for complete digital service providers to fill this void, offering consumers the enhanced communications and entertainment features they want without the headaches of self-installation, management and repair."
Delagi also explained how the role of the residential gateway will expand dramatically along with the evolution of applications and services. As convergence leads to new applications, digital transmission, real-time conversion and analog consumption driven by real-time signal processing will be critical.
"Now, more than ever, digital signal processors (DSPs) are being used to power the connected home, linking all communications and entertainment devices, and enabling consumers to watch movies, listen to music, communicate, and gather and store knowledge," said Delagi. "Today's operators and manufacturers are looking to TI for its broadband, wireless and consumer electronics expertise, coupled with its leading-edge processing capabilities, to enable the convergence of the digital home of the future."