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BW: Kreatel's Tornado-K5 Demonstrates the Emergence of Linux for Internet Appliances

Sep 11, 2000, 22:36 (0 Talkback[s])

"The Tornado-K5 enables the television set to become a two-way communication console for digital interactive services, such as Video-On-Demand, Music-On-Demand and home shopping. Broadband operators will be given new business opportunities by offering customers IP-Based broadband services through this gateway. By using Internet technology based on open IP standards over ADSL, Cable TV, or Ethernet connections, IP providers and telecom operators will find it easier to develop, integrate and adapt different services for the customer demands that may arise."

"We believe Kreatel's Tornado-K5 is the first European product to launch based on the Linux operating system supported by Sigma Designs decoder technology, further validating the momentum Linux is gaining as an embedded operating system," said Ken Lowe, Vice President of Marketing, Sigma Designs. "We are pleased to have been selected as the decoder of choice, expanding our deployed solutions which also include Windows CE and VxWorks operating systems."

"A key component in the Tornado-K5 is Sigma's MPEG-2 decoder that provides compressed film and sound datastreams to stereo sound and video images in order to obtain the highest quality full motion video and audio possible while offering a low cost solution," said Lars Bengtsson, Managing Director, Kreatel Communications. "The use of Sigma Designs decoder chip in combination with their Linux drivers, gives the Tornado-K5 service gateway the best solution possible."

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