Arris Slims Down `Touchstone' Modem


Arris is introducing a new compact design for its two-telephone-line
'Touchstone' telephony modem that carries an embedded multimedia-terminal

The Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification 1.1-certified modem
delivers both telephony and high-speed tiered data service via an Ethernet
10/100 based-T Ethernet or universal-serial-bus port.

The modem is also available with built-in standby battery power ranging from
four to eight hours. Arris said several MSOs are currently trialing the

In other technology news, Corp. said it's closed on the purchase of
Philips Broadband Networks. The company said it expects net sales for the
quarter ending Sept. 27 to be $45 million, with a pro forma loss of between 15
cents and 20 cents per share.