Going into the 1998 Western Show, much of the tech buzz was about packet-based services over IP, and in particular, voice over IP. In part 2 of this panel, Broadcom's Rich Nelson explains the importance of involving silicon manufacturers early on in technology developments like PacketCable; the use of DOCSIS version 1.1 as a baseline for PacketCable; and the outlook for chip sales in 1999. Answer: "Tens of thousands" of chips for VoIP trials; 500k for broadband; 2-3 mil. for digital set-tops. Is that right: "Most of the set tops in Q3 '99 and onward will be shipping with built-in cable modem capabilities."
Filmed by Steve Nelson for airing on The Cable Channel.
(Note to self: Don't ever color your own hair again.)