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Intel continues 'digital home' investments

Intel has invested in five companies developing technologies that play into its vision of a merged PC and consumer electronics -...

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Intel has invested in five companies developing technologies that play into its vision of a merged PC and consumer electronics - what Intel calls the "digital home".

Companies receiving first-time funding from Intel Capital, Intel's venture capital organisation, are CableMatrix Technologies, Mediabolic and Pure Networks. Additional funding has gone to BridgeCo and Envivio.

The investments come from Intel Capital's $200m (£111.5m) Digital Home Fund. It is used to invest in companies that develop hardware, software and connectivity and supporting technologies that fit with Intel's digital home plans.

CableMatrix sells software that allows broadband service providers to offer media-rich services and applications such as video conferencing, online gaming and telephony.

Mediabolic offers digital home middleware that aggregates, organises and distributes digital media in a home, making content accessible anywhere in the house.

Pure Networks builds software that makes setting up a home network simple and connects home networking and connected entertainment devices throughout a home.

BridgeCo designs chips and software to wirelessly link PCs to consumer electronics devices so consumers can access media stored on their PC anywhere in the home.

Envivio, based in San Francisco, develops digital video software compression products and offers streaming media and broadcast tools for broadcasters, network operators, content developers and enterprises.

Intel first invested in BridgeCo and Envivio in two years ago.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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