Intel calls for more co-operation

There is a need for greater co-operation across the consumer electronics and IT industries when it comes to standards for the digital home according to a senior Intel figure.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  January 20, 2004

There is a need for greater co-operation across the consumer electronics and IT industries when it comes to standards for the digital home according to a senior Intel figure. “We need to push for standards,” said Tanguy de la Horie, Intel’s marketing manager for the Middle East Turkey and Africa region. “The more sophisticated the devices, the stronger group of standards we need to make them work.” The Digital Home Working Group (DHWG) and Internet Home Alliance (IHA) are two such bodies’ that have pledged to create the conditions for establishing industry standards for the digital home. All the big players from both industries are represented in both organisations and they have received praise for their work so far. “One of the critical requirements for mass-market success of networked devices is true and reliable interoperability,” said Danielle Levitas, director of IDC's Consumer Devices & Services Programs. “The Digital Home Working Group has proposed a sound and fair baseline of interoperability standards, which is an important milestone towards realising this vision.” The IP family of protocols has been selected as the means to provide the foundation for the networking between the various sides of the digital home and a number of new protocols are being developed in order to enable wirelessly shared copyrighted protected entertainment content. “The DHWG's focus on delivering technical design guidelines to enable cross-industry digital convergence complements the efforts of the Wi-Fi Alliance to enhance the user experience through Wi-Fi product interoperability," said Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "We share the vision of a wireless interoperable network for easily accessing and sharing digital content."

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