"This Summer, Sylvania Computer Products will introduce a
new 27-inch digital TV that combines the functions of a TV with
those of an Internet appliance. The device, which owes its internal
intelligence to a single-chip PC (a National Semiconductor Geode)
running an embedded Linux operating system, marks a key milestone
in the television industry by being one of the first consumer TVs
to include a built-in Internet appliance. Call it the dawn of
"The new Sylvania Model SPC2700iHD Internet/TV is the product of
a collaboration with Ch.1 Inc. (Santa Ana, CA), a company which has
developed an embeddable Internet appliance subsystem for next
generation digital TVs. Ch.1 plans to license this technology,
known as the "Ch.1 Platform," to as many TV manufacturers as
possible. Similar products are expected to be introduced, also in
the Summer 2001 timeframe, by both Panasonic and Zenith."
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