Crossing the Chasm: Guiding Digital Network Technology into the Consumer World


Yoshiaki Kushiki

Managing Director, Member of the Board
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.

Mr. Kushiki received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Kyoto University in 1968. He joined Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. in 1968.
He has been a Managing Director, Member of the board of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. since 2001.
Recently he is in charge of strategic planning and management of R&D of multimedia and software technologies including digital TV broadcasting, network systems, mobile communication, and networked CE.
Previously, Mr. Kushiki worked on microcomputer architectures, operating systems, and image and speech processing/recognition. He led the world’s first application of microcomputer technology to consumer electronics equipment and the creation of worldwide standards for interactive TV middleware for digital broadcasting.
He is a member of the Information Processing Society of Japan, The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, the Japan Society for Software Science and Technology, The Institute of Image information and Television Engineers, ACM, and the IEEE Computer Society.


From the TV to the VCR to the DVD, it has been the role of the consumer electronics industry to package sophisticated technology in a form that brings value and enjoyment to the mass of consumers.
The next generations of consumer devices will be formed by the melding of the sophistication of network technology with the ease of use of today's consumer electronics. To create this new world of Networked Consumer Electronics,
a whole host of technology problems need to be solved. In this talk, some of these problems are outlined, the state of art in solving them is discussed, and some specific requirements for future technological development are exposed.

Keynote presentation in PDF format.

The Connected Home


Jed Johnson

Director of Systems Engineering
Motorola Broadband Communications Sector

Jed Johnson is the Director of Systems Engineering for Consumer Solutions products in Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector (formerly General Instrument). Jed has been with Motorola for 20 years and has held management and technical positions in various organizations including Home Networking, Streaming Media, Cable Data Products, Transmission Products and Network Management. Previously Jed worked at The Foxboro Company for 7 years as both a Software Engineer and Hardware Engineer. He began his career at Data General.
Jed has a BET degree from Northeastern University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.


With consumers demanding more and more connectivity from the electronics devices they bring into the home the Connected Home is becoming a reality. In addition to connectivity among devices in the home consumers also want to leverage the always-on capability of broadband Internet services to bring additional capability to devices in the home and to access the home remotely.

The Connected Home however is more than providing connectivity. Consumers also want to have services and multimedia content associated with their devices. And service providers want to have management and support capabilities that work seamlessly across device types.

This talk will discuss elements of the Connected Home from connectivity and devices to services and applications.

Keynote presentation in PDF format.