Intel and Sony have confirmed that they are working to provide interoperability between PCs, internet appliances and digital consumer electronic devices.
As part of the collaboration, the partners will make it possible for PC manufacturers to incorporate Sony's Memory Stick read and write technology into their products.
Memory Stick is a removable IC recording media based on flash memory that allows consumers to share digital content between various consumer electronic devices such as digital cameras, digital camcorders and portable music players.
Both companies are working together on wired and wireless home networking products. For instance, Intel and Sony are attempting to bridge uPnP (Universal Plug and Play) and HAVi (Home Audio Video Interoperability) technologies.
For the next generation of flat panel PC displays, the companies will work together to enable PCs with Digital Video Interface (DVI), a technology that provides high bandwidth, plug and play digital connections.
Sony and Intel are also working toward establishing industry wide adoption of DVI.
"We are glad to collaborate with Sony to offer our users data transmission any time, any place and between any products," said an Intel spokesperson.
The collaboration also includes sharing copyright technology for digital data transmission. Sony and Intel have been working together on 5C Digital Transmission Content Protection (DCTP) bus encryption technology and will develop interoperability between Intel's Software Integrity System and Sony's OpenMG copyright protection technology.
Rob Enderle, an analyst at Giga Information Group, said both Intel and Sony are power players. "Sony is likely the number one driver of the consumer entertainment market with its existing entertainment devices and Intel is the number one driver of the PC market. Bringing them together makes it look like the entertainment and PC stuff could be made to work as one cohesive product," he said.
But he pointed out that Intel doesn't build hardware and Sony has difficulty opening up to other manufacturers. "With the Memory Stick, it may be harder for Sony to drive a standard than Intel."
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