IBC, Amsterdam -- September 10, 2007 – Silicon & Software Systems (S3) and GIGA-BYTE Communications Inc. are demonstrating the world’s first OMA-BCAST mobile TV phone based on an open operating system (OS) at IBC this week. The GIGA-BYTE Gsmart T600 Windows Mobile phone together with S3’s onHandTV™ mobile TV software delivers a compelling mobile TV experience and supports both OMA BCAST and IPDC Mobile TV standards. BCAST is now seen as key to deploying mobile TV services across unicast, multicast and broadcast networks, and is being actively promoted by operators in Europe and Asia. This joint offering is attractive to mobile operators as it enables them to rapidly prototype, trial and deploy branded Mobile TV applications due to the combination of S3’s customisable applications and GIGA-BYTE’s high performance multimedia phone.
S3 has delivered a complete OMA BCAST solution to GIGA-BYTE by integrating their market leading onHandTV™ Mobile TV client with VisualOn’s high quality AV player. onHandTV also supports both Smartcard Profile and DRM Profile solutions from leading security specialists. The phone will be shown later this week at IBC and will demonstrate interoperability with leading infrastructure providers including Thomson, Nokia Siemens Networks, and T-Systems. GIGA-BYTE's GSmart T600 provides digital TV reception of multiple TV signals including DVB-T, DVB-H, T-DMB and DAB. Through superior quality and innovative design, it offers users a superb future-ready mobile TV experience.
Speaking about the demonstration, John O’Brien, CEO, Silicon & Software Systems (S3), said, “We believe that OMA BCAST has a significant role to play in the emerging Mobile DTV market. It allows operators to maximise their return on infrastructure investment, and provides them with a migration path from existing unicast services to broadcast services when required by the market. The Gsmart T600 represents the optimum combination of a high performance phone and integrated receiver, coupled with a flexible OS that allows us to deliver a rapid-prototyping environment to our operator clients,” concluded O’Brien.
“A pioneer in the PDA phone market, GIGA-BYTE Communications is very pleased to demonstrate a complete OMA-BCAST solution to our customers”, said Stanley Jenq, CEO, GIGA-BYTE Communications. “We anticipate huge interest in BCAST and expect to see networks launching in Asia and Europe in mid 2008. By working with S3, a leading provider of IPDC and BCAST mobile DTV solutions, we now have the flexibility to address this rapidly evolving market in a timely fashion with our world leading T600 Mobile TV phone”, said Jenq.
About Silicon & Software Systems (S3)
S3 is the Connected Consumer Technology Company. It enables operators, OEMs and silicon manufacturers to deliver next generation products and services to consumers, at home and on the move. S3 is also the leading provider of broadcast mobile DTV solutions. It's onHandTV™ software client manages the reception of TV and data services over broadcast, multicast and unicast bearers, delivered to multiple mobile devices. onHandTVTM ensures faster time-to-market and reduced risk for mobile operators and device manufacturers worldwide. It has proven interoperability with all existing commercial networks and key technology suppliers in the mobile DTV ecosystem. Founded in 1986, S3 delivers expert consumer systems design plus leading-edge silicon and software IP. S3 has development centres in Ireland and Central Europe and sales offices and representatives globally. For further information please visit www.s3group.com or visit us at Hall 12, M185 in the Mobile zone at this year’s IBC.
About GIGA-BYTE Communications Inc.
GIGA-BYTE Communications Inc.(GBC) was founded in 2004 and provides handheld devices which enable communications, entertainment, learning, and personal information management technologies. GBC is 100% invested by the world's famous motherboard manufacturer, GIGA-BYTE Technology Co., Ltd. GBC makes digital life easier and more fun, focusing on individual needs and introducing rich and innovative add-on programs. Our GSmart brand is created to enhance users' professional and private life, to connect smoothly both work and entertainment. GBC pioneers the mobile TV market and makes the Windows Mobile based PDA phone more individual. To learn more, please visit: www.gigabytecm.com