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AllLinuxDevices: IBM Set-Top-Box Chip Expands Use of Linux in Consumer Applications

May 16, 2001, 18:51 (1 Talkback[s])

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IBM today announced it is working with MontaVista Software, Inc. to make its Hard Hat Linux operating system available for IBM's PowerPC based single-chip Set-Top Box (STB) Controller.

Combining high-performance PowerPC-based STB controllers with Linux-based open standards software, IBM is providing electronics manufacturers with the ability to develop new classes of home gateway products such as television set-top boxes, that will serve as an interactive medium between content and service providers and consumers. Netgem, one of Europe's leading developers of interactive services applications, plans to develop new products based on the IBM STB controllers running the Hard Hat Linux operating system.

Advanced STBs are part of the fast-growing category of "pervasive computing" devices helping to make information available to more people in more ways.

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