IBM, Apple, Motorola and multimedia TV


Kaleida Labs Inc., Motorola Inc. and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. said yesterday that they had agreed to jointly develop software and hardware for the delivery of interactive and multimedia services to homes through cable television networks.

The new alliance would pose a challenge to Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp. and General Instrument Corp., which earlier this spring announced an alliance to develop a set-top device.

Under the agreement, Kaleida -- a joint venture of Apple Computer Inc. and IBM -- would supply its multimedia software, ScriptX, for use in set-top devices and network equipment. Motorola would supply a low-cost version of the Power PC microprocessor developed jointly by IBM and Apple.

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