NEC to unveil prototype IEEE1394 switch

NEC next week will unveil a prototype switch for use on home digital networks based on the IEEE1394 standard.

The switch will allow multiple IEEE1394 networks to be interconnected and also offer more sophisticated routing functions than are possible on basic IEEE1394 networks, which do not have such switches. It will be introduced by Minoru Shikada, general manager of NEC's Computer and Communication Media Research, at a press conference scheduled for Wednesday.

NEC has been aggressively developing technology related to the new networking standard, which is expected to simplify the interconnection of consumer electronics devices and offer a high-speed path through which to route video, audio and computer data from device to device throughout the home.

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