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