News Release: Sharp Delivers Rich Multimedia over Wi-Fi in the Home With Devicescape Software; Devicescape Software Powers First Consumer Electronics
January 6, 2006January 06, 2006 08:00 AM US Eastern Timezone
Sharp Delivers Rich Multimedia over Wi-Fi in the Home With Devicescape Software; Devicescape Software Powers First Consumer Electronics Devices Designed for Effortless Integration on a Wireless Home Network
BRISBANE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 6, 2006--Devicescape Software, a leader in software for wireless devices, today announced its central role in enabling Sharp Electronics to design and develop wireless devices that are compatible and operate easily on home networks. For the first time, consumers can now use Sharp home electronics products to easily access images, video, audio and the Internet from anywhere in their home via Wi-Fi. The recently announced LCD IT-TV, Network Media Player and Galileo Personal Server from Sharp make this wireless vision possible by providing the essential cornerstones of a Wi-Fi home entertainment network.
Market research firm iSuppli projects that by 2009, nearly 155 million consumer electronics devices will be able to connect to wireless networks. Given the convenience and low cost of Wi-Fi, experts predict the home will become the next big hotspot. With the proliferation of broadband connections and digital media, consumers are demanding the ability to access and share digital entertainment among multiple wireless devices in the home. For example, consumers want to listen to their MP3 music collections throughout the home, not just while sitting in front of their PCs. Additionally, with the impending roll-out of the IPTV as part of the service provider "quadruple play," consumers also want to view video content -- regardless of what room they are in -- without incurring the high cost and complexity of installing new cabling.
However, until now, it has proven difficult to effortlessly set up a wireless home network with multiple compatible devices. Devicescape addresses this challenge by providing consumer electronics manufacturers like Sharp with software that makes these devices easy to use and capable of working together on the wireless home network.
Devicescape has assisted Sharp in creating home entertainment products that are easy to use, secure and outfitted with robust Wi-Fi capabilities. By supplying Wi-Fi software and engineering expertise, Devicescape helps companies like Sharp rapidly design and bring to market innovative new consumer products. Devicescape's Wi-Fi software supports the latest Wi-Fi simple configuration, security and quality-of-service technologies, making it possible to wirelessly distribute rich multimedia content throughout the home.
"Devicescape understands the need for home entertainment giants like Sharp Electronics to provide their customers with devices that enhance the home entertainment experience," said Dave Fraser, CEO of Devicescape. "This partnership not only illustrates Devicescape's position as a leader in the wireless market, but also shows the consumer demand for such products. Devicescape is determined to provide consumers with the ultimate in wireless home entertainment by working to help manufacturers deliver on the promise of life without wires."
Devicescape is a leader in wireless software for devices. The company provides the only complete wireless software platform that empowers device manufacturers to deliver on the promise of life without wires. Leveraging the openness and power of unlicensed spectrum wireless LAN (Wi-Fi, 802.11) and the Linux operating system, the Devicescape platform enables the creation of a broad range of wireless devices that connect easily, coordinate seamlessly and can be managed efficiently. Devicescape allows developers in networking and consumer electronics markets to harness complex wireless technologies, leverage open source and focus on their own innovation, resulting in breakthrough products that are easy to use and manage. Headquartered in Brisbane, Calif., the company is privately held and venture-backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, JAFCO Ventures, August Capital and Applied Materials Ventures. To learn more, please consult www.devicescape.com.