D-Link is the First Major Networking Device Manufacturer to Earn Intel® Networked Media Product Requirements (Intel® NMPR) Conformance Validation
Fountain Valley, CA, May 4, 2004 - D -Link, the global leader in the design and development of connectivity and communications technologies for the digital home and the small to medium business markets today announced it is working closely with Intel on the compatibility of D -Link connectivity products with other digital media devices and PCs, beginning with its role as the first major networking device manufacturer to secure the Intel NMPR Product Validation for the D -Link MediaLounge Wireless Media Player (DSM -320). D -Link recognizes the need for UPnP* AV -based interoperability to enable the transparent connectivity and sharing of content between media players, set -top boxes, digital storage products and PCs on a home network. This seamless interaction between devices will strengthen the future of the digital home for consumers. D -Link engineers collaborated with Intel developers throughout the extensive Intel NMPR validation testing process to ensure that the D -Link Wireless Media Player, as well as future D -Link products, meets all of Intel's requirements for network media interoperability.
D -Link is a member of the Digital Home Working Group, a group dedicated to the development of interoperability guidelines for digital devices that are both PC -based and Consumer Electronics (CE) -based. The Intel NMPR program is an existing set of guidelines and tools defined by Intel that enables products such as the D -Link Wireless Media Player to easily move to the upcoming Digital Home Working Group common interoperability standard through a free firmware upgrade.
"D -Link continues to show dedication to the UPnP AV -based interoperability of its devices as demonstrated by achieving Intel NMPR Validation," said Kevin Corbett, vice president and chief technology officer, Intel's Desktop Platforms Group. "We developed the Intel NMPR program to ensure that digital media devices meet a set of requirements so they will be compatible and will seamlessly connect with PCs."
"It is great that a respected company like Intel has taken the lead in the setting of guidelines for interoperability between digital media devices and PCs, and we look forward to working with them as we develop the next generation of networking connectivity for the digital home," said AJ Wang, CTO and Sr. VP of Technology, D -Link. "We continue to be committed to delivering maximum interoperability in standards -based products for consumers."
The current Intel NMPR Validation requires conformance with over 40 industry standards and protocols. Required connectivity protocols include the IEEE 802.3 wired Ethernet and IEEE 802.11 standards for wireless networking and the UPnP and UPnP AV standards for seamless installation and connectivity of media devices.
The D -Link MediaLounge Wireless Media Player (DSM -320) is a stand -alone unit that resides within a home entertainment center and connects to the television and/or stereo using standard A/V or S -video cables. For users with high -end entertainment systems, the D -Link DSM -320 supports component video, optical digital audio and coaxial digital audio connections. Using the included remote control and step -by -step TV interface, it is then easily connected to a home network via 802.11g wireless, or if preferred, through standard Ethernet cabling. With support for the UPnP AV standard, the D -Link Wireless Media Player can seamlessly find media content files on the network from other UPnP AV -enabled devices such as the D -Link Central Home Storage Drive (DSM -602/4H) without installing additional software.
The D -Link Wireless Media Player includes D -Link MediaLounge Media Server Software for Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP which intuitively compiles digital content from network PCs and devices and organizes it by file type (audio/video/photo), cataloguing the individual audio files by categories such as genre, artist and title for immediate access through the Media Player.
Users can wirelessly locate and stream multiple types of digital content from the Internet or hard drive using the included remote control and intuitive interface. The Player supports virtually all digital content standards, including the popular MP3, WAV, AIF and WMA audio formats, the JPG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, JPG2000 and GIF Image formats, the MPEG -1, MPEG -2, MPEG -4, Quicktime, AVI and XviD Video formats and the M3U and PLS Audio Playlist formats. The Wireless Media Player also supports streaming audio and video Internet services including an exclusive offer with the Radio@AOL for Broadband service featuring Best of Breed radio programming.
About D -Link
Ranked by BusinessWeek as one of the top 100 Information technology companies, D -Link is the worldwide leader and award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With $746 million in revenue for 2003 and millions of Ethernet adapters, hubs and switch ports, manufactured and shipped, D -Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D -Link U.S.A., Canada and Mexico headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708.
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