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Chapter 8. HAVi > Introduction

8.1. Introduction

HAVi is a digital audio video networking initiative that provides a home networking software specification for seamless interpretability among home entertainment products. Equally important, the HAVi specification is device-centric, so it has been designed to meet the particular demands of digital audio and video. It defines an operating-system-neutral middleware that manages multi-directional audio video streams, event schedules, and registries, while providing APIs for the creation of a new generation of software applications. Whatever their brand, the focus is on the control and content of digital audio video streams. HAVi software takes advantage of the powerful resources of chips built into modern audio and video appliances to give you the management function of a dedicated audio-video networking system.

The HAVi architecture is intended for implementation on Consumer Electronics (CE) devices and computing devices such as tuners, VCRs, clocks, cameras, DVD, and other audio video players, displays, amplifiers, modems, and Web proxies. As such, it provides a set of services that facilitate interpretability and the development of distributed applications on home networks. HAVi is intended for, but not restricted to, electronic devices supporting the IEEE 1394 [1394] and IEC 61883 [DAV] interface standards. Four pillars guided the development of HAVi:


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