Chicago Trade Show Reveals How PCs, Phones and TVs Are Merging

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Chicago Trade Show Reveals How PCs, Phones and TVs Are Merging


Byline: Anna Marie Kukec

Chicago's SuperComm 2005 (www.supercomm2005.com), an annual trade show for the communications industry, features more than 660 exhibitors - including around 25 suburban companies.

About 26,000 attendees are expected today through Thursday at McCormick Place.

What these companies demonstrate or announce this week likely will decide how your communications will be delivered in the future.

For example, Schaumburg-based Motorola Inc. (www.motorola.com) will highlight its seamless mobility products and will offer demonstrations on how to connect from your home, office, car and elsewhere.

"We'll have a living room environment and show what the consumer would experience with multiple streams of video," he said.

In addition, the recently announced IP TV, or Internet Protocol television via fiber optic cable to the home with Verizon Communications, will be among Motorola's hot products, said Eduardo Conrado, senior director of systems marketing and portfolio management at Motorola Inc.' s Networks Business. He said the hot products this year will include "triple plays," which provide voice, video and data simultaneously.

At Aurora-based Westell Technologies Inc. (www.westell.com), the Media Gateway will show triple play services in a single communications command center for the home. It includes one-touch dialing, visual voice mail, on-screen memo pad and other features. Another product will be the UltraLine II, part of a family of advanced home networking routers for delivering video to your home over the telephone lines, said Westell spokesman Kenneth Trantowski.

Rolling Meadows-based Charles Industries Ltd. (www.charlesindustries. …

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