March 18, 2002

Linux4.tv website offers set-top box source code

Anonymous Reader writes:"Century Embedded Technologies, a leader in graphical application technologies for embedded Linux and creator of the Linux4.TV website, today announced an enhanced version of the Linux4.TV complete open-source set-top box solution, created by partner, National Semiconductor. Linux4.TV version 1.1.0 is available for download immediately and provides support for National's Geode? SP1SC10 demonstration and development platform, along with extended functionality for the newly announced Embedded Linux Journal Contest. New ELJ contest hardware will be made available in early April to finalists.

The enhanced software utilizes more set-top box hardware functionality and includes support for local MPEG file playback, DVD playback, streaming video across the network, and VIP capture. In addition, closed captioning, NTSC and PAL formats, alpha blended graphics/video, volume/mute control and IR mouse/keyboard support are included. Source code with full documentation is available for download now at www.linux4.tv.

"This upgrade demonstrates that Linux4.TV is leading the industry in providing a complete open-source software solution for embedded Linux developers, based on National's Geode Processor," said Gregory Haerr, CEO of Century Embedded Technologies. "With early access software and support for Embedded Linux Journal's contest finalists, Linux set-top box developers are enabled to produce superior solutions for this growing market segment."

The software enhancement continues to use WebMedia, Century's set-top box front end application that provides HTML-specified video middleware programming, and National's implementation of the Video 4 Linux (V4L2) API supporting the rich feature set of the Geode SC1200 processor. The hardware and software reference platforms provide an ideal development environment for manufacturers seeking to design advanced capabilities into a set-top box, including video-on-demand, streaming video, and interactive TV broadcast services.

The Linux4.TV web site was launched in August 2001 and is dedicated to supporting Linux developers and promoting open-source projects for Interactive TV and Advanced Digital Set-Top Box technologies. For more information, see the www.linux4.tv web site or contact Century Embedded Technologies at (801)268-3088 or embedded.centurysoftware.com.

About Linux4.TV
The Linux4.TV web site was created by Century Embedded Technologies, and is partnered with National Semiconductor for the purpose of providing a complete suite of open-source drivers, applications, plugins, and toolkits that form the foundation of a feature-rich interactive set-top box system. Many of the projects found on the Linux4.TV site are based on open-source projects such as Linux, Microwindows, WebMedia and ViewML.

About Century Embedded Technologies
Century Software Embedded Technologies, a newly created division of Century Software, Inc., is a leading developer of core applications technologies for the worldwide embedded Linux applications market. These technologies include: graphical windowing system development and runtime environments; customized Internet browsers and HTML viewers; embedded and Internet appliance multimedia technologies, including MP3 audio and MPEG video players and recorders; PDA/WebPAD runtime and development suites, PIM suites; and set-top boxes. Complete solutions These core technologies are designed specifically to allow chip manufacturers, hardware board vendors, and their customers to build embedded applications on x86, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH and other microprocessor architectures running on either the Microwindows or the X Window System. Based in Salt Lake City, Century Software was founded in 1985 and is privately held. Century Software's CEO, Gregory Haerr, is the founder and chief maintainer of the Microwindows Project, and founder of the ViewML Project.

About PIXIL Technology
PIXIL provides a complete suite of embedded solutions for advanced Internet appliances such as PDAs, WebPAD? devices, cellular phones, smart handhelds, and thin clients. Developed for multiple form factor flat panel devices with requirements for wireless communications, networking, web browsing, power management and GUIs, PIXIL offers a fully integrated architecture leveraging the open standards of embedded Linux. PIXIL's modular framework, with fully optimized pre-defined components offers ready-to-use and easily customized applications.

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Century Software, Century Embedded Technologies, and PIXIL are trademarks of Century Software, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark owned by Linus Torvalds. National Semiconductor is a registered trademark and Geode is a trademark of National Semiconductor Corporation. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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