last of four diverse heavyweights to impact the cable modem market today,
saying it will deliver its first chipsets for the high-speed Internet
connection technology by the first quarter of 1998. The announcement is
important because Rockwell chips already drive the dial-up modem market
(much like Intel processors drive PC technology). Earlier, Time Warner
and Cox Communications
announced expansions of
their plans to provide high-speed Net access via their cable systems, while
said it will display a
prototype of a cable modem aimed at consumers at an upcoming trade show.
Samsung's offerings will eventually be pitched to a range of audiences,
from home consumers to corporations.