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  • Home Electronics Makers Set Networking Specifications
  • March 24, 1998 (TOKYO) -- A group of eight Japanese and European makers of home electric appliances announced March 18 that they reached an agreement on tentative specifications for connecting home appliances by using the IEEE1394 serial interface standard.
    The eight companies are Grundig A.G. of Germany, Hitachi Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Philips Electronics N.V. of the Netherlands, Sharp Corp., Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp. and Thomson Multimedia S.A. of France.

    The IEEE1394 standard interface connects personal computers and peripheral equipment. Connection of audio and video equipment made by different companies will done on the basis of the IEEE1394 interface.

    The tentative specifications are for backbone home networking among video and audio equipment, PCs and peripherals by using the IEEE1394, and image/data transmission through ISDN lines, cable television lines, and parabola antennas for satellite broadcasts.

    The functions of each networked product can be used interactively if they are connected to the home network in compliance with the specifications.

    Also, the eight companies will examine details of the specifications, and they will work together with other manufacturers and related industry groups including digital broadcast service providers.

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    Updated: Mon Mar 23 19:57:36 1998