IBM, AMD, Diamond Multimedia join home controls spec

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IBM, AMD, Diamond Multimedia join home controls spec

More than 50 leading companies gathered at Intel’s Hillsboro, Ore., labs to rally round a new standard for computer-controlled home electronics.

The Home Application Program Interface Working Group is developing a common programming interface for home automation software. The effort is aimed at creating a class of interoperable computerized home devices, including consumer electronics, security, lighting and temperature control systems.

Final approval of the Home API Specification is expected mid-year.Twenty-eight companies have recently joined the Working Group, including AMD, American Megatrends, Diamond Multimedia and IBM. The group was founded by Compaq, Honeywell, Intel, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Electric and Philips Electronics.

More information on the initiative is online at