Sigma Designs Gives Us a Sneak Peek of Future Media Streamers

Sigma Designs Ultra-thin Set-top BoxI saw this the other day and went: meh. Sigma Designs is showing off a new reference design that CE manufactures can tap for their next-gen media streamers and IPTV receivers. At first glance it looks compelling — it's a plug computer in way. The SMP8670 chip powered wall wart offers 1080p playback via HDMI, HomePlug [...]

Western Digital Now Does Networking Gear, Intros the 200Mbps WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit

WD Livewire Powerline AV Network KitLooks like Western Digital is treading in new waters. The company has just introduced the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit (MSRP $139.99) based on HomePlug AV, a first for the company. The device allows users to connect their network capable TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, media streamers, etc. to a 4-port Ethernet adapter which [...]

Logitech Intros the Highly Impressive Alert HomePlug AV HD Video Security System

Logitech Alert Security CamerasThe competition in surveillance webcams has got nothing on Logitech's new Alert video security system for home or business. First off, installation and networking is done by plugging in Alert's HomePlug AV adapter into a power outlet which will connect the camera(s) via Ethernet and transfer video feed data to your router/PC — in real-time [...]

Belkin Launches the Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit

Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter KitGigabit speeds over powerline? Impressive. Belkin claims that their new Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit ($149.99) adapters are capable of 1000Mbps transmission speeds, which is about 5 times faster than the competition. The new adapters are powered by Gigle Semiconductor's mediaxtream chip and have been designed to handle multiple HD video streams. The adapaters offer [...]