Intel releases toolkits for home media networks

Products allowing consumers to set up home media networks, with their PCs at the center, will arrive in the second half of 2003 under a new Intel Corp. initiative, announced Monday at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, California.

Consumers will be able to connect their PCs to their existing stereo, DVD player, and television through new peripheral products called digital media adapters, which will be sold with PCs, Intel said. To help developers create new products, the company is releasing developer kits for the technology that are available immediately, and will be demonstrated at the show Monday.

The digital media adapter will use 802.11 wireless networking technology or Universal Plug and Play standards for connections, and will also connect to televisions and other home media devices with standard audio/visual cables, Intel said.

Intel's sample digital media adapter, powered by its PXA210 processor, will allow users to view JPEG, MP3, and Windows Media files stored on their PCs through their televisions. The company is also offering specifications for software developers to create applications for the technology.

The Intel Developer Forum runs through Thursday.

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