Ucentric Systems is the latest outfit to join up with the Digital Home
Working Group, a consortium of consumer-electronics and PC makers trying to take
the complexity out of in-home networking.
Other companies taking part in the working group are Fujitsu Ltd., Gateway
Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp., IBM Corp., Kenwood Corp., Legend Group
Ltd., Microsoft Corp., NEC Corp., Nokia Corp., Matsushita Consumer Electronics
(Panasonic), Philips Consumer Electronics Co., Samsung Electronics America Inc.,
Sharp Electronics Corp., Sony Corp., STMicroelectronics N.V. and Thomson
The DHWC is now working on technical specifications for networked devices,
including computers, televisions, stereos and cellular telephones. The idea is
to create a consistent framework for home networking, allowing consumers to link
devices from various electronics manufacturers and software providers more
If all goes as planned, the first wave of consumer-electronics products could
be available by June 2004.
"We support DHWG's vision of creating a unified platform that will create a
simplified result for consumers and speed the rate of innovation for the entire
home-networking industry," Ucentric CEO Michael Collette said in a release.
"Ucentric is committed to providing consumers with a new digital home
experience with state-of-the-art video and audio applications that work
seamlessly on a highly flexible and interoperable array of devices," he