Published at LXer:
The name Philips has long been associated with consumer electronics, but as the concept of the connected home has developed and begun to take on meaning, Philips Semiconductors has become one of the main suppliers of silicon for this segment. Philips finds itself, as a semiconductor solutions provider, in a situation where it has to think through and develop a number of possible scenarios for the connected home. Some of the questions are obvious. Will the digital home be PC-centric or TV-centric or both? How will it be networked? Other questions are not so obvious. How can DVDs be transferred onto a home network, if it's illegal to make even a single backup copy of a legitimately purchased disc? How will digital rights management (DRM) schemes operate across a range of mobile devices?