Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has joined an alliance of technology companies formed by Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) to establish standard ways for household devices like light bulbs, thermostats, security systems, garage door openers and cellphones to communicate with each other, the Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday.
The Qualcomm-backed AllSeen Alliance now has roughly 50 members, including Panasonic Corp. (OTC: PCRFY), LG Electronics Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) and Sharp Corp. (OTC: SHCAY), focused on developing and promoting protocols for how smart devices should work together in a trend increasingly referred to as the Internet of Things, Reuters reported.
But the news agency quoted an unnamed industry source who said chipmakers that compete with Qualcomm plan to launch a rival standards consortium as early as next week.
“Like the rivalry between Betamax and VHS video formats over three decades ago, Silicon Valley is far from agreement on what standards should rule,” wrote reporter Noel Randewich.
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