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Upside: Indrema gets chummy with Linux

Aug 24, 2000, 07:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"If you thought the embedded systems market was competitive, try taking a swim in the shark-infested tank that is the video game console space."

"How competitive is it? Considering the fact that Microsoft (MSFT), a company whose software dominates the PC-gaming market, has yet to make a dent after nearly a decade, we'd say it's pretty cutthroat. Xbox, the Microsoft-developed gamer console unveiled this spring in a challenge to industry powerhouses Sony (SNE), Sega and Nintendo, won't officially roll out until next fall."

"Still, one Linux company, Indrema, is diving into the pool head-first. Staking its life on the belief that current software development and hardware trends sweeping the embedded systems market will continue to sweep their way into the realm of gaming consoles, the company has been showing off its L600 Entertainment system, essentially a Linux-driven set-top box with a 600 MHz processor and the potential for 100 Mbs worth of broadband connectivity."

"I'd been wanting to do this for five years, but it wasn't until 1999 that we finally realized the right combination of technology and developer interest was there," says Indrema founder and Chief Executive Officer John Gildred."

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