These are some of the standards groups and alliances that I have participated in. Pushing for things that benefit the company, and resisting things that would cause an undue financial/technical burden or benefit the competition, are the keys to success. Participation also gives you a heads-up on upcoming technology that will be needed in 12–24 months, enabling you to get an early start on development.

In addition to the standards listed below, I am familiar with MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance), MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link), Z-Wave, ZigBee, and 802.11xx (Wi-Fi).


The 3D@Home Consortium, now merged into the Advanced Imaging Society, was formed in 2008 with the mission to speed the commercialization of 3D into homes worldwide and provide the best possible viewing experience by facilitating the development of standards, roadmaps, and education for the entire 3D industry — from content, hardware and software providers, to consumers.

ARIB standards

The objectives of ARIB are to conduct investigation, research & development, and consultation of utilization of radio waves from the view of developing radio industries, and to promote realization and popularization of new radio systems in the field of telecommunications and broadcasting.

ATSC standards

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) is an international, non-profit organization developing voluntary standards for digital television. The ATSC member organizations represent the broadcast, broadcast equipment, motion picture, consumer electronics, computer, cable, satellite, and semiconductor industries.

AVS standards

Audio and Video Coding Standard Workgroup of China. In order to meet the requirement of information industry and realize the union of the native enterprises and research institutions, the role of the group is to establish (or edit) such general technical standards as the compression, decoding, processing, and the representation of digital audio-video and meanwhile provide the digital audio-video equipments and systems with high-efficient and economic coding/decoding technologies.

Blu-ray Disc Association standards

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) is the industry consortium that develops and licenses Blu-ray Disc technology and is responsible for establishing format standards and promoting business opportunities for Blu-ray Disc.

CableLabs standards

Founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry, Cable Television Laboratories is a non-profit research and development consortium that is dedicated to pursuing new cable telecommunications technologies and to helping its cable operator members integrate those advancements into their business objectives. Cable operators from around the world are members.

CEA standards

The Consumer Technology Association (formally the CEA) unites 2,000 companies within the consumer technology industry. Members tap into valuable and innovative members-only resources: unparalleled market research, networking opportunities with business advocates and leaders, up-to-date educational programs and technical training, exposure in extensive promotional programs, and representation from the voice of the industry, CTA, promoting and advancing member needs and interests.

DLNA standards

Members of Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) share a vision of an interoperable network of personal computers (PC), consumer electronics (CE), mobile devices, and service providers in and beyond the home, enabling a seamless environment for sharing and growing new digital media and content services.

DTG standards

The Digital TV Group (DTG) is the industry association for digital television in the UK. The Group publishes and maintains the technical specifications, including Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and HbbTV-based ‘Connected TV’ hybrid products and services, and runs the digital television industry’s test center. To ensure international harmonization of standards, the DTG is in liaison with HbbTV, ETSI, Open IPTV Forum (OIPF), and DECE (Ultraviolet).

DVB standards

The Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB) is an industry-led consortium of over 250 broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software developers, regulatory bodies, and others in over 35 countries committed to designing open technical standards for the global delivery of digital television and data services.

DVD Forum standards

The DVD Forum is an international association of hardware manufacturers, software firms, content providers and other users of Digital Versatile Discs. The Forum’s purpose is to exchange and disseminate ideas and information about the DVD Format and its technical capabilities, improvements and innovations.

HbbTV standards

HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) is a new industry standard providing an open and business neutral technology platform that seamlessly combines TV services delivered via broadcast with services delivered via broadband and also enables access to Internet only services for consumers using connected TVs and set-top boxes. The HbbTV specification is based on existing standards and web technologies including OIPF (Open IPTV Forum), CEA, DVB and W3C. The standard provides the features and functionality required to deliver feature rich broadcast and internet services.

HDMI Forum standards

The HDMI Forum was formed to foster broader industry participation in the development of the next generation of the HDMI specification and to support an ecosystem of interoperable HDMI-enabled products. The organization brings together the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components.

INCITS standards

INCITS is the primary U.S. focus of standardization in the field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), encompassing storage, processing, transfer, display, management, organization, and retrieval of information. As such, INCITS also serves as ANSI’s Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1. JTC 1 is responsible for International standardization in the field of Information Technology.

ITU standards

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has played a key role in building today’s vast interconnected infocommunication networks spanning telephone, radio, television, satellite systems, mobile, and wireless communications and Internet technologies.

MIPI Alliance standards

The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI®) Alliance establishes standards for hardware and software interfaces typically found in mobile devices. By defining such standards and encouraging their adoption throughout the industry value chain, the MIPI Alliance intends to reduce fragmentation and improve interoperability among system components, benefiting the entire mobile industry.

OESF standards

The OESF (Open Embedded Software Foundation) is a non-profit organization for developing Android-based set-top boxes and CE products. OESF members are developing new driver software and libraries, as well as frameworks and applications for different business categories.

SD Card standards

The SD Association is a global ecosystem of more than 1,000 technology companies charged with setting interoperable SD standards. The association encourages the development of consumer electronic, wireless communication, digital imaging, and networking products that utilize market-leading SD technology.

SMPTE standards

As an internationally recognized and accredited standards-setting body, SMPTE develops standards, recommended practices, and guidelines, and spearheads educational activities to advance engineering and moving imagery. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has established close to 600 standards, including the Digital Cinema Standards, which paved the way for digital movie theaters.

UPnP Forum standards

The UPnP Forum is an industry initiative of more than 972 leading companies in computing, printing and networking; consumer electronics; home appliances, automation, control and security; and mobile products. The Forum’s goals are to allow devices to connect seamlessly and to simplify network implementation in the home and corporate environments.

USB standards

The USB-IF was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of Universal Serial Bus technology. The Forum facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB peripherals (devices), and promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing.

WiFi Alliance standards

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global non-profit industry association of hundreds of leading companies devoted to seamless connectivity. With technology development, market building, and regulatory programs, the Wi-Fi Alliance has enabled widespread adoption of Wi-Fi worldwide.