Intel and the Digital Home
Making Industry Standards the Foundation for the Digital Home
Building out the digital home
The digital home is a rapidly evolving reality all around us. Every day people use a wide variety of
home devices that are digital—everything from HDTVs to laptops, smart phones and MP3 players.
This list continues to grow as new digital devices and ...technologies for home and mobile use
make their way into the market. Still, there is much more in store for the digital home. The vision
of a home full of connected, interoperable devices that easily exchange and play content is only
Recent developments, such as the convergence of television and Internet content converge into
products like smart TV offer new opportunities for connectivity. What's more, the rate of
innovation in consumer electronics continues to benefit just as computers do from Moore's Law.
For instance, the availability of powerful, inexpensive "System-on-a-Chip" (SoC) solutions (such
as the Intel® Atom™ CE4200 processor) is transforming digital TVs, DVD players, and advanced
set-top boxes. By integrating key components into a single integrated circuit, SoCs support rich
Web applications in addition to high-definition (HD) audio-visual content. This allows more
consumer devices to become net-connected for streaming content, applications, and other media,
and enables TV manufacturers to inexpensively add more intuitive user interfaces and the ability
to search and display Internet content.
In addition to these innovations, new industry alliances offer promise for improving life in the
digital home. A good example is Google TV. Created through an alliance of Google, Intel, Sony,
Logitech, Best Buy, DISH Network, and Adobe, this new platform enables consumers to access
all their usual TV channels, as well as a world of Internet and cloud-based information and
applications—all from the comfort of their own living room.
However, despite this progress, there are still challenges. Connectivity and ease of use remain
issues in the digital home. It can be frustratingly difficult to navigate the Internet with a television-
style remote control, or to try to add new devices to a home network to exchange content and
services. Intel believes many of the shortcomings in today's technologies must be addressed in
order for the digital home to achieve its full potential—and sees this as an effort well worth
making. The combination of digital TV broadcast and broadband technologies, combined with
advances in home networking, offer consumers the opportunity for unprecedented control over
their media experiences, as well as new market opportunities for consumer electronic product
manufacturers, content owners, application developers, and service providers.
A major part of the solution is industry standards. These are standards developed by
organizations that are open to participation, provide public access to their standards, and support 1
implementation by global stakeholders. As the world's leading manufacturer of microprocessors,
Intel has a strong interest in open industry standards that ensure the vision of the digital home
both meets consumer expectations and enables manufacturers to innovate, compete and
accelerate development of the next generation of
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