The Zigbee Alliance has extended its standards to allow Zigbee networks to be accessible from the internet. The new standard is called Zigbee Gateway and it is to allow device manufacturers to focus more on application development for the home. It removes the need for customers or proprietary platforms and allow for better M2M communication.
Netgem has launched a new mobile TV solution for service providers. The new cloud solution will give users the flexibility to access their television from any screen, whether PCs, Tablets or smartphone. The Cloud platform is a software suite that bringing the cloud into the home by transforming the Set-top box into a multimedia server and connected devices into clients.
D-Link today announced its Amplifi family of high-performance home networking solutions, designed to offer best-in-class performance for today's demanding connected homes. Optimized for the ever-increasing amount of Internet traffic in homes across the nation, the Amplifi product line includes the HD Media Router 1000 with HD Fue(DIR-657) for managing high bandwidth HD traffic and streaming, the Whole Home Router 1000 (DIR-645) and Wi-Fi Booster (DAP-1525) with exclusive SmartBeam technology for pushing wireless signals into the farthest corners of homes to deliver whole home coverage, and PowerLine 500 products (DHP-500AV, DHP-501AV, DHP-540) for adding bandwidth over existing electrical wiring.
The Digital Interactive Interface for Video & Audio has reached an important milestone in its work to enhance to connected home entertainment experience. Its Authorized Test Center (ATC) in Guangzhou, China, has announced that LG Electronics’ TV Model 42LW6600 has passed the full DiiVA Compliance Test. In the same breath LG has also been elevated from Contributor to Promoter status, within the alliance.
Intel and Entropic Commnications have announced plans to develop the industry first advanced video gateway and client set-top box reference designs. Both companies will combine they respective technologies, Intel with the Intel Atom CE4200 processor and Entropic's MoCA (Multimedia over Coax) 2.0 solution. Both companies said the solution will help service providers deliver new services and the emerging category of video gateway applications.Intel said the reference design will offer OEM a seamless upgrade from MoCA 1.1 products to the more powerfull powerful MoCA 2.0 architecture.
Guided by our changing lifestyle, Motorola has launch the ‘Motorola Televation’, a new video streaming device that allows us to watch video content from anywhere in our home. As a form of media shifting, Motorola said the Televation will work with our Wi-Fi router to stream digital content to other IP connected devices in the home, such as an Apple iOS and Android based device. The new device is supported by a development kit to encourage content provider to develop new solutions.
Netgear is promising better connection speed and wider wireless coverage the new Wireless N Netgear ADSL Home Gateway Router (DGND3700). It is compatible with all major DSL service providers and is design to meet today’s and tomorrow’s home networking needs. The N600 is built with dual band networking, the standard 2.4GHz and the new 5GHz, which allows you to use separate networks one for data and the other for video streaming and online gaming.
This week Entropic Communications celebrated shipping more than 50 million MoCA 1.0/1.1 Silicon Solutions over the last four years. Entropic attributes the milestone to the growing digital home market, where we are not content to just having one room in our home with internet access but all rooms and the growing list of connected home appliances. There is also a grow list of companies that are moving into the connected home market offering solutions such as home automation, security, control and entertainment.
At this year’s Computex show in Taipei China (May 31 - June 4), Cavium is promising to demonstrate their best in digital home and home entertainment solutions. Geared towards OEMs and ODMs they will be showcasing their latest set-top box, networking and digital home applications, based on their PureVu, ECONA, Celestial and OCTEON processor families.
Over the last three days the who is who of the connected home sector met in London at the annual Connected Home Global Summit to talk about the connected home; where it is and where it is going. The concept the connected home was discussed, analysed, predicted and examined by analysts, OEMs, Operators and vendors and at the end of three days there were some commonalities that we in the sector can work on going forward.