September 6, 2002

Sony Unveils Net-Connected Hard-Disk Video Recorder

"Sony has outlined a strategy of opening four home gateways to the Internet: TVs, PlayStation 2 game consoles and mobile phones, as well as the PC.

Unlike Sony's Vaio PCs, Cocoon does not use Intel Corp microchips and Microsoft Corp software, which have taken the lion's share of profits in the PC sector.

Cocoon uses the freely available Linux operating system and a microprocessor based on reduced instruction-set computing technology developed by MIPS Technology Inc

Future products may include DVD recording or other functions, but for now executives were stressing the advantages of hard-disk drives, which hold up to eight times more data per square inch than a digital versatile disc (DVD)."

Link: Reuters

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