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Zayante, Metro Link Combine IEEE 1394 and Universal Plug and Play

Zbox, UPnP Protocol Link Simplifies Connectivity for Broad Range of Devices (July 30, 2001)
Zayante, Inc. has joined Metro Link to demonstrate a complete IEEE 1394/UPnP solution at this year's 1394 Developers' Conference in Redmond, July 31 through Aug. 2.

The technology demonstration combines Zayante's TNF Zbox development platform and Metro Link's UPnP protocol stack, Metro EnableWorks, to create a home automation bridge to UPnP over 1394. This allows a consumer to control home automation devices from his PC, or other UPnP control points, and exploits the fact that both UPnP and 1394 are now provided as standard on many consumer PCs.

The PC uses a 1394 connection to Zbox, which runs Zayante's TNF software stack including IP1394. The Zayante software in turn enables the UPnP software on the PC to communicate with Metro Link's UPnP protocol stack, which also runs on Zbox. As a result, the UPnP software running on the PC discovers and controls home automation devices that are connected to Zbox, such as security systems, lighting controllers, and thermostats. This is the first public demonstration of its kind and a breakthrough in the move for a connected lifestyle.

"Together with Metro Link, we are combining the 1394 standard with the Universal Plug and Play standard to simplify application development," said Prashant Kanhere, Zayante president and CEO. "Metro Link has developed a UPnP stack particularly suited to embedded products in the consumer marketplace. Their EnableWorks UPnP stack complements Zayante's TNF software." Kanhere added that the TNF Zbox includes preloaded 1394 applications such as 1394-to-Ethernet router, AV/C disk, AV/C recorder, and Serial Bus Protocol (SBP-2) disk for evaluation and testing.

"Supporting UPnP on 1394 is essential to provide consumers with the automation technology for the next generation of media appliances," said Garry Paxinos, CTO of Metro Link. "We partnered with Zayante because their software stack and Zbox easily supports multiple 1394 application protocols, as the integration with Metro EnableWorks demonstrates. The Metro Link and Zayante partnership supports the development of connected devices that consumers will see on the shelves early next year."

Paxinos added that Metro Link and other top tier CE manufacturers such as Thomson, Sony, Philips, and Motorola are actively involved with the Consumer Electronics Association in developing standards for the use of UPnP in CEA's R7.4 Versatile Home Network (VHN).

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