During this year’s CES, Cisco introduced new set-top boxes from its Scientific Atlanta business unit with the Cisco brand, signalling the end of Scientific-Atlanta, one of the household names in the industry. Cisco acquired the company in 2006 for $6.9 billion. At the CES, the company announced a new IP Home Gateway under the Cisco brand (model DRG2800) that is designed to bring network-based and home-based applications together in one device.
It enables consumers to use their set-top and large-screen, flat-panel televisions to watch videos, listen to downloaded music in surround sound and view photos accessed from their PC. It is capable of managing and delivering a variety of services including high-speed Internet, wired and wireless home networking, file and data storage (including video and music) from its 160GB hard drive, and voice/telephone service. Cisco also uses the Linksys brand for home networking consumer product after acquiring that company in 2003.
In addition, Cisco also owns the Danish Kiss form, which specialises in web and TV convergence products.