Through its Intel Digital Home Fund, Intel Capital invested in consumer electronics networking company Digital 5, ultrawideband software developer Staccato Communications, secure services provider Trymedia Systems and ultrawideband chip maker Wisair. Ultrawideband wireless, which allows high-speed communication over short ranges, making video over wireless a possibility, is one of the key technologies identified by Intel for digital homes.
Intel Capital did not announce terms of the investments. The digital home fund,, is designed to support programs that let people use digital content--music, games, photos and video--on multiple devices in their homes and beyond. Intel's chief technology officer, Pat Gelsinger, said this week that the between PCs, digital video recorders and other consumer products.
"These four companies' technologies help solve key interoperability, bandwidth and distribution issues," Intel Capital President John Miner said in a statement.