Audio News for May 5, 2007

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Home Electronics in Russia Up 15% – The market in Russia last year for electronics and household appliances grew 15% to $15 billion according to the association of home electronics and computer trading companies. 80% of household electronics were imported into Russian by 50 companies. Importation of plasma TVs, DVD players and washing machines are almost totally legal, but about 80% of photography and video equipment is imported in contravention of customs regulations. The association is working on trying to further legalize the market.

Rollout of Home Server Technology
– Many home computer owners are finding that huge files are piling up on their hard drives, especially for videos and digital photos and music. Microprocessors are straining, users are buying external hard drives.  An expert says that most consumers don’t think of safety and redundancy of their digital files, but it is the reason most semiconductor makers, electronics manufacturers and software sellers are now espousing home networking, especially network-attached storage to back up videos, photos, music and documents, and then distribute them both inside and outside the home.

The electronics industry is stepping in to make it easier for the digitally-challenged to be masters of their domains.  Intel, Microsoft and Axentra are rolling out home server technology powered by processors from Intel, AMD and Freescale. The idea is to have all devices in the home talking to one another and sharing information with minimum configuration on the part of the user.  The industry sees a vast need for their objectives: Microsoft says there are about 35 million households with broadband connections now, 34 million have more than one computer in the home, and about 19 million employ their own local area network.  In 2005 182 billion digital photos were taken, and that is expected to rise to almost a half-trillion by 2009.

Intel has subscribed to the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) – companies developing industry standards for device interoperability.  The DLNA standard creates a set of protocols for sharing files and specifies how electronic devices find, recognize and communicate with one another. Intel has integrated DLNA into its Viiv PC, and this is only one of many standards now available for home networking. Setting standard guidelines and agreements among a large number of companies is a challenge that must be met. One engineer stressed the need for a reliable method of time synchronization for things to work smoothly. An Intel spokesman said that processing capability has to keep up with consumer demand, such as wanting to stream hi-def video content around the home. Many believe home networking will be fueled by the growth of in-home video editing, which requires greater processing power and network-attached storage.  A few years ago consumers didn’t need more performance because they were just doing email. That’s rapidly changing.

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