Philips believes in network technologies for consumer products and digital entertainment.
Mac users know that they learned during the Apple Expo in Paris last fall when Jobs announced Philips' choice to embrace the ZeroConf or Rendezvous standard as Apple calls it. Thanks to ZeroConf, Philips products could be able to connect with each other or with a computer network without any need to be configured for it.
Philips, however, has since made further progress by announcing new strategic moves to consolidate its vision on the matter. One of the latest was the purchase of Systemonic, a company that manufactures chips for the 802.11a and 802.11g standards, the two high-speed 802.11b evolutions used today by Apple and many other wireless system manufacturers under the name Wifi.
The intention declared by Philips to use Systemonic chipsets in future home entertainment products, such as televisions, HI-FI, set top boxes, but also in digital pocket gadgets.
In the future, thanks to WiFi with speeds higher than the current ones and to the Rendezvous standard, it can be expected that it will be possible to transmit images from the computer to the TV, surf the Internet in the living room using hardware located in another room and connect various devices without no use of cables.
Note that Systemonic processors are programmable, an indispensable feature if we consider that the 802.11g standard has not yet been formalized and codified in its entirety.