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Home Audio Video interoperability Consortium Announces New Technical Initiative

Home Audio Video interoperability Consortium Announces New Technical Initiative

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SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 12, 2003

The Home Audio Video interoperability (HAVi)(TM) Consortium, today announced the formation of a new technical working group, The File Management Working Group. It will be lead by the Technical Steering Committee’s chairman, Fernando Matsubara of Mitsubishi Electric. The new working group will focus on extending and enhancing the HAVi specification.

The File Management Working Group is responsible for defining facilities to manage private data content over the HAVi network. The new facilities will further enhance existing HAVi content management by supporting retrieval and storage of content material such as photos, movies, and songs in devices connected to the HAVi network. The envisioned new File Manager will support multi-format digital items with diverse QoS requirements, ranging from simple text or still pictures files to high definition A/V clips. The new facilities will complement current HAVi services which concentrate in playback and recording of digital streams. The unparalleled technical features of the IEEE 1394 FireWire(C) bus will continue to play a fundamental role.

The addition of a File Manager will offer consumers and easy and friendly way to globally manage the content of the home entertainment network. The working group is expected to deliver specifications for new APIs or extensions to existing APIs in order to provide content management facilities to applications by the end of 2003.

About HAVi, Inc.

HAVi is a not-for-profit association comprised of leading consumer electronics, software, semiconductor and computer manufacturers who have formed to promote a network architecture for Home Audio Video interoperability.

Further information about HAVi may also be downloaded from the organization’s website www.havi.org.

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