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January 20, 1999

Philips, Sony, Sun Collaborate to Bridge HAViTM and JiniTM
Network Architectures


Combined Capability of HAViTM and JiniTM technology to bring the power of the Network Home



(Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tokyo, Japan and Palo Alto, CA- January 19, 1999), Royal Philips Electronics, Sony Corporation, and Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced plans to collaborate in connecting the Home Audio-Video interoperability (HAViTM architecture developed by eight major consumer electronics manufacturers with Sun's JiniTM technology.

The companies aim to provide a solution that links HAVi compliant digital electronics appliances in the home to services provided by Jini technology over a network. Not only would this allow digital AV electronics appliances to access remote network services, such as a storage service for large video files, it would also allow users to remotely operate digital AV appliances and PCs across a Jini technology-based distributed network. For example, it will make it possible to access your home entertainment system to have a television program taped while you are away from home.

Created by Grundig, Hitachi, Matsushita, Philips, Sony, Sharp, Thomson, and Toshiba, the HAVi specification defines software elements, application programming interfaces (APIs), and communication protocols that allow digital electronics products to be seamlessly interconnected and interoperated as a home entertainment network. HAVi offers plug-and-play connectivity, an intuitive user interface, and future-proof expandability.

Designed for use with the IEEE1394 digital interface, HAVi supports the high-speed, secure transmission of data. Because the HAVi architecture allows products to reserve bandwidth and other resources, it is uniquely suited for the uninterrupted transmission of real-time AV data streams and other bandwidth intensive applications.

Sun's Jini technology is based on the concept that devices should work together, allowing anyone to create a personal network anytime from anywhere. Today's notion of computing is then transformed from traditional, complex, independent computing environments to a transparent collection of devices, services and appliances all cooperating together. Jini technology enables a device to simply connect to this collection or network of services by plugging it in, no drivers to find and no operating system to start and restart.

In the same way that Java technology enables software to run on any device, Jini software enables any device to participate in a network-regardless of the underlying operating system of the device or network protocol used for communicating. Jini technology will allow electronics products to remotely access network services, for example a media service could provide newspaper printing services directly to a customer's home printer. By accessing a common network "dial tone" and announcing their presence, Jini technology compliant devices can form collections of interoperable products. Jini technology offers transparent connectivity and brand-independent interoperability.

Cooperation between Philips, Sony, and Sun focuses on the creation of a bridge that will allow HAVi compliant products and Jini technology compliant products to communicate and interact. This would not only allow users to operate digital electronics products in their homes from remote or mobile locations, but it would also allow AV electronics products in the home to access a wide variety of Jini technology-based digital network services.

"While HAVi provides extensive Audio/Video networking functions within the home, the HAVi/Jini technology bridge extends this concept by enabling remote access to the home network, regardless of the user's location," says Eddy Odijk, General Manager, System Architectures at Philips Consumer Electronics. "This is a first major step to unleashing the potential of future technology to the home right today."

"HAVi and IEEE1394 offer the technological underpinnings needed for high bandwidth, consumer quality audio and video networks in the home that support a range of rich home applications," said Dr. Akikazu Takeuchi, President of Sony's Platform Software Development Center. "By bridging HAVi to Jini technology we are also able to offer consumers access to the range of exciting services that Jini will provide."

"The introduction of this exciting technology union underscores the commitment to Jini technology and brings a new level of versatility to consumers," said Mark Tolliver, President of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Consumer and Embedded Group. "HAVi, with interoperability with the Java platform and Jini technology, opens up a world of opportunities for hardware manufacturers, software developers and service providers to create innovative products that support the growing demand for integrated functionality in the home."

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of over USD 39 billion in 1997. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, color picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV products. Its 256,000 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, medical systems, business electronics, and IT services (Origin). Philips is quoted on the NYSE, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges.
News from Philips is located at www.news.philips.com

Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its music, pictures and computer entertainment operations make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of over $51 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1998, and it employs 173,000 people worldwide.
Sony's Home Page URL: http://www.sony.co.jp/

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The ComputerTM" has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ "SUNW") to its position as a leading provider of hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the power of the Internet. With more than $10 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com.

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