Accelerates Development of Windows®, Linux® and VxWorks® Systems For Interactive Home Media Applications
San Jose, CA. - May 20, 2002 - Tality Corporation today announced it has licensed its Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) intellectual property (IP) portfolio for digital set-top boxes to Techsan Electronics Company Ltd. The comprehensive IP portfolio significantly reduces the time to develop and bring to market next generation MHP set-top boxes using the IBM PowerPC®-based STB04xxx chipset.
Tality provides set top box developers an MHP 1.0.2 compliant implementation augmented by a comprehensive media application library. The base implementation includes a complete Software Development Kit (SDK), a Porting Kit (PK) and an extensive set of sample MHP applications, including Enhanced Programming Guide (EPG), Email and personal video recorder (PVR). The Java™ Media Framework (JMF) component-based Porting Kit allows for fast migration of the MHP implementation from the reference designs to actual production hardware. The SDK enables the development of applications on Windows, Linux and VxWorks-based development systems and on set-top boxes running Linux or VxWorks. Tality has also integrated web browsers, email clients, games and 3rd party MHP applications into its MHP stack.
Tality's MHP-based IP has been paired with Skelmir's CEE-J™ virtual machine technology, which is easily ported and available for a wide array of processors and operating systems. Skelmir's solution is a fast, proven and compact virtual machine technology for embedded devices with advanced graphical capabilities ideal for Digital TV display. Tality's MHP Middleware has been ported to IBM's STB04xxx Evaluation Kit with MontaVista™ Linux® embedded Linux operating system.
"Techsan chose the Tality MHP and Skelmir Virtual Machine implementation because it offered the best available solution for an MHP compliant Set Top Box," said Simon Roh, Director of Techsan. "The process of integrating the stacks with Techsan's software, MontaVista's Linux software and IBM PPC-based hardware is proving to be remarkably smooth and will culminate in a fast, feature-rich and cost-effective platform."
The MHP specification is an open standard that defines a generic interface between interactive digital applications and their terminal devices, enabling the development of applications executable on multiple terminal device types, regardless of their architecture. Such devices include set-top boxes, home and media gateways, integrated digital TV sets and multimedia PCs. The specification was developed by Digital Video Broadcast Project (DVB), an industry-led consortium of over 300 broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software developers, regulatory bodies and others in over 35 countries, committed to designing global standards for the delivery of digital television and data services. Conformance testing is under the supervision of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
Tality licenses MHP software to consumer electronics manufacturers broadcast and network operators, content providers and application developers. Its highly portable and scaleable MHP solution is uniquely positioned to offer value to customers seeking a cost effective and efficient path to MHP.
Techsan is a Korean high volume manufacturer that has been designing and manufacturing digital Set Top Boxes since 1997. During that time Techsan has developed a large range of digital satellite, terrestrial and cable Set Top Box products including Free To Air, Embedded CA, Common Interface and OpenTV variants. Its UK-based Set Top Box research and development office is geared to generating advanced product solutions (both hardware and software) for the Digital TV market.
Skelmir provides small footprint, robust software infrastructure for hosting Java applications on embedded devices.
Proven in the marketplace, Skelmir's family of CEE-J™ clean room virtual machines and libraries are available for a wide range of processors, operating systems and embedded Java configurations. Easily ported to new platforms, CEE-J offers advanced graphical capabilities ideal for digital television displays and MHP enabled appliances, onboard navigation systems, Internet appliances, handheld wireless communications and more. More information about Skelmir can be found at: www.skelmir.com
Tality Corporation, a subsidiary of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., is the world's largest electronic product development outsourcing provider. Leading and emerging technology companies around the globe leverage Tality's engineering services and intellectual property for the design of complex electronic systems and integrated circuits. Tality is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information about Tality, please visit us at www.tality.com.
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