NEWS: New Digital Home Guidelines Might Spark Convergence

In a move that might accelerate the hyped concept of PC and consumer electronics convergence, a group made up of the who's who of consumer electronics and PC industry companies has released a new set of guidelines for content sharing. The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) was formed in 2003 by Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, Kenwood, Lenovo, Microsoft, NEC Personal Products, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, STMicroelectronics, and Thomson. The DLNA now includes more than 145 members whose goal is to more easily share digital content between PCs and devices such as TVs. The group has released Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines 1.0, which is its first step towards creating a common foundation across manufacturers. The guidelines are intended to replace the initiatives many of the companies were already working on independently. The group is relying on existing standards such as IP, HTTP, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), and Wi-Fi as key components to its technology. In the future, products supporting the group's guidelines will carry a logo that lets consumers know that their devices will work together. It's about time these folks all started working together

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.