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IBM and National Semiconductor home in on home gateways

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Somers, N.Y.--IBM Corp. and National Semiconductor Corp. on Tuesday announced a joint technology for home gateways, which enable Internet access through common household appliances such as lights, security systems and entertainment systems. The technology, which will be available in August, combines National Semiconductor's Internet appliance development platform and IBM's WebSphere embedded software. The worldwide home gateway market, fueled by demand for broadband Internet access throughout the home, is expected to rise from $267 million in 2000 to $7.1 billion in 2006, according to Allied Business Intelligence Inc.
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