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UPnP Forum State of the Union. Salim AbiEzzi Chairman, Steering Committee Microsoft Corporation . Mission. Improve quality of life and create business opportunities by enabling new networked experiences. 10/99 Forum officially formed 6/00 UPnP arch. finalized

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UPnP Forum

State of the Union

Salim AbiEzzi

Chairman, Steering Committee

Microsoft Corporation

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Improve quality of life and create business opportunities by enabling new networked experiences

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10/99 Forum officially formed

6/00 UPnP arch. finalized

6/00 WinMe ships with UPnP

5/01 GW devices announced

5/01 UPnP toolkits announced

10/01WinXP ships with UPnP

10/01 Steering committee decides on convergence with Web Services for v2

11/01UIC launched

11/01GW standard published

Q1/02UPnP toolkits & WinCE ships

Q1/02Logoed GW devices ship

04/02 MS & IBM agree to license WSDL on RANDZ basis

06/02AV standards published

07/02Printer & scanner standards published

10/02Amendment to MA adds arch. process to Forum for v2

11/02Basic Device standard is expected to publish *

Q103Logoed AV devices to ship

UPnP: Three Years in the Making

v2 events

* Almost completed

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Forum Context & Priorities

  • Internet gateway devices: Extend present success

  • AV & imaging devices: Get interoperable products to market.

  • Security: Finalize solution and add security support to certification tool.

  • Automation working committee: Complete sample implementations and finalize specifications.

  • IGD working committee: extend the IGD specification & develop a specification for the auto configuration of wireless access points.

  • Certification entity: Grow list of certified devices and promote and exploit the UPnP logo.

  • Lowering the bar: Simplify the rules for adopting UPnP technology by enabling the Basic DCP approach.

  • IPv6: promote the benefits of IPv6 in devices on home networks.

  • UPnP-v2: Make transition to Web Services as smooth as possible.

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UPnP Working Committees

Completed standard

Design complete

Final member review

Design in progress

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The Promise of UPnP-AV

Media of any type from any source device to any destination device under the control of a third device

Media Sync

Media Source






Media Flow

Media Renderer DCP

Media Server DCP

UPnP is used for

Discovery & Ctrl

  • Discovery

  • User interface

  • Format negotiations

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Objectives of IGD/WAP Committee

  • IGD

    • Enhancements to port mapping in v1

    • IPv6 support

    • Firewall configuration

  • WAP

    • Configuration of 802.11 access point parameters

    • Configuration of security to easily introduce new clients (key plumbing)

  • Long term agenda is to harmonize the configuration, control, and monitoring of networking gear for different physical media including:

    • QoS,

    • Security,

    • configuration, &

    • diagnostics

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Direction of Printing & Imaging

Strong focus on UPnP v2 due to interest in enterprise deployment (where Web Services are important) in addition to consumer

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Basic Device DCP

  • Enables device vendors to ship product based on private DCP

  • Intended to facilitate the adoption of UPnP technology

  • Is not sufficient for certification and for using the UPnP logo

    • Unless at one or more standardized services are included

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UPnP v1 is Rock Solid

  • Big investments went into v1

    • Fruition of three years of work

    • Spec is mature (industrial strength)

    • Deployment of certified devices has started

    • Availability of commercial tools

    • Support in Windows Me, XP, CE .NET & future versions

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UPnP v2

  • Align UPnP with Web Services

  • Motivation for v2

    • Unify development tools for UPnP devices and Web services

    • Unify developer experience and knowledge

    • Unify protocols so that a single stack communicates with both UPnP devices and Web services

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Progress on UPnP v2

  • Steering committee decided to adopt WSDL in Oct 2001

  • Microsoft and IBM agreed to grant a RANDZ (no royalty) license for the use of WSDL in the context of UPnP devices

  • Official W3C committee working on the WSDL schema language

  • Established a UPnP Forum Architecture Committee for defining the UPnP v2 architecture

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UPnP Architecture Process

  • Amendment to UPnP Forum member agreement

    • Introduced an Architecture Committee consisting of up to seven steering committee members

    • Ratification of UPnP architecture spec. requires unanimous approval by AC and 75% majority of the steering committee

    • Architecture is licensed for implementations on multiple platforms

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UPnP Implementers Corporation

  • 26 member companies

  • 14 certified gateway implementations

  • 7 members on BoD

    • For an up to date list, see


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Member Geographies

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Members by Country

Europe (65)

Austria (1)Netherlands (3)

Belgium (4)UK (11)

Denmark (2)Ireland (3)

France (14)Italy (3)

Germany (13) Spain (1)

Hungary (1)Russia (1)

Sweden (6)Switzerland (1)

Latin America (3)

Brazil (1)

Chile (1)

Columbia (1)

North America (345)

USA (325)

Canada (20)

Asia (90)

China (1)Hong Kong (3)

Taiwan (41)Singapore (2)

India (7) South Korea (18)

Japan (18)

Australia (4)

Australia (3)

New Zealand (1)

Middle East (9)

Israel (9)

Total is 515 members

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Member Profile

Information based on the number of Members who have completed the Membership Profile Form (294 Members)

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Steering Committee Members

Metro Link




Pioneer Research















LG Electronics

New Steering Committee Members (2002 SC Election)

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Working Committees

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Traffic to Web Site

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  • Our mission is to enable new networked experiences for consumers and to create revenue opportunities for our companies

  • V1 provides a solid foundation for present and near term business opportunities

  • V2 will align UPnP with Web Services and leverage its momentum, tools, and industry mindshare

  • It is through your contributions that UPnP will deliver on its promises and potential

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