ELAN Home Systems to employ structured wiring technology

Sept. 27, 2007
September 27, 2007 -- The manufacturer of multi-room audio/video and home control systems will incorporate Linear Home Technology Group's Digi5, a Cat 5 structured wiring technology.

September 27, 2007 -- ELAN Home Systems, a manufacturer of multi-room audio/video and home control systems, announced that in future product plans it will incorporate Linear Home Technology Group's newly-introduced Digi5 technology.

Digi5, a collaboratively developed technology licensed by the Linear, is a standard and structure that provides "a complete end-to-end solution" over Cat 5 wiring. The technology is said to be based on advanced digital distribution and amplification circuits that allow multi-room audio systems to be installed more quickly and cost-effectively.

According to a press release, in addition to ELAN, five other companies are planning 2007 and 2008 product introductions that employ the technology. The technology is initially being adopted and utilized by Linear Home Technology Group companies, of which ELAN is one. Linear expects to expand the technology's market reach by making it available via license to companies outside of the Linear family, upon custom installation, industry demand, and consumer acceptance.

The introduction of Digi5 was announced to the trade on September 5, by the Linear Home Technology Group. The announcement reporting that ELAN will embrace the new technology was made by Bob Farinelli, ELAN's president and CTO, and president of the Linear companies Sunfire and HomeLogic.

"The groundbreaking new Digi5 technology is the perfect complement to our structured wiring line, due to its unique makeup, affordability, and ease of installation," stated Farinelli. "The advantages of this innovative, digital architecture are significant. Look for announcements regarding specific ELAN product plans that include the incorporation of Digi5 from us in 2008."

"Back in 1998 we were one of the pioneers in the structured wiring arena and since that time have delivered several new lines and have seen over 70% growth in this arena," added Paul Starkey, ELAN's executive vice president. "This new digital technology makes the next generation of structured wiring an exciting prospect for us and our dealers."

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