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Multimedia Integrated Workstations

Objective

The goal of MULTIWORKS (which continues the work begun in project 2105) is to develop an office workstation that manipulates video, graphics, text, voice and sound with facilities comparable to those available today for traditional text and graphics media.
The goal of the multimedia integrated workstations (MULTIWORKS) is to develop an office workstation that manipulates video, graphics, text, voice and sound with facilities comparable to those available today for traditional text and graphics media.

2 system configurations are provided: a high cost authoring workstation, MIW, and a low cost delivery system, MIW-L. MIW is based on industry standard open 32-bit architecture with intelligent controllers to manage multimedia devices. The first example of MIW is the CP486 workstation available from Olivetti. It is expected that other partners of MULTIWORKS will develop different versions of it with compatible architectures. MIW-L is built around a highly integrated low cost workstation based on the availability, reliability and maintainability (ARM) reduced instruction set computer (RISC) processor developed by Acorn (UK). Both versions will be able to support the same operating software and applications. MULTIWORKS provides:
a peripheral subsystem of intelligent controllers that manage the new multimedia devices;
enhanced user interfaces, including new interaction devices such as voice input and electronic paper;
Unix operating system enhanced with real time features to handle multimedia;
a consistent object oriented programming environment for the development of traditional applications that use the new media;
a set of authoring tools based on hypertext and expert systems.

Coordinator

Ingegneria C Olivetti and Co SpA
Address
Via G Jervis
10015 Ivrea
Italy

Participants (10)

AEG Olympia AG
Germany
Address
Bücklerstraße 1-5
78467 Konstanz
Acorn Computers Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Acorn House Vision Park Histon
CB4 4AE Cambridge
BULL SA
France
Address
Tour Bull 1 Place Carpeaux
92800 Puteaux
Chorus Systèmes SA
France
Address
6 Avenue Gustave Eiffel
78182 Saint-quentin-en-yvelines
Harlequin Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Barrington Hall Barrington
CB2 5RG Cambridge
International Computers Ltd (ICL)
United Kingdom
Address
Icl House 1 High Street Putney
SW15 1SW London
PHILIPS CONSUMER ELECTRONICS BV
Netherlands
Address
Pastoor Petersstr., 10-16, 218
5600 MD Eindhoven
PHILIPS KOMMUNIKATIONS INDUSTRIE GMBH
Germany
Address
Thurn-und-taxis-straße 10
90411 Nürnberg
TRIUMPH ADLER AG
Germany
Address
Hundingstraße 11B
90431 Nürnberg
Thomson Microelectronics Srl (SGS)
Italy
Address
Via Tolomeo 1
20010 Cornaredo Milano