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AllLinuxDevices: New Web Site Delivers Linux for TV

Aug 23, 2001, 20:00 (3 Talkback[s])
"Century Embedded Technologies, a division of Century Software, Inc., and National Semiconductor Corp (NYSE:NSM) today announced the launch of a new website, Linux4.tv, dedicated to supporting Linux developers and promoting open-source projects for Interactive TV and Advanced Digital Set Top Box (STB) technologies. Designed for developers and system integrators, Linux4.tv will host freely available open-source software projects and applications for a variety of electronic devices including broadcast and digital TV, web browsing, gaming, and video on demand. A complete open-source set-top box solution is available for download immediately.

Linux4.tv will advance the development and deployment of Linux-based set-top box technologies and standards. Several projects are immediately available for download, including WebMedia, Century's set-top box front-end application that provides video middleware application programming interface (API) and enhanced Video 4 Linux (V4L2) API with rich features such as alpha blending, VIP overlay and Picture in Picture (PIP) support. These APIs will streamline the implementation of TV middleware and device drivers. In addition, the web site also includes an collection of technical documentation for National's Geode? hardware and platforms, video standards and source code.

The software available on Linux4.tv will be designed for National's Geode SP1SC10 demonstration and development platform. Based on a National Geode SC1200 processor, the Geode SP1SC10 includes a full set of multimedia functions, peripheral and network interfaces and two PCI expansion slots. The reference platform provides an ideal development environment for manufacturers seeking to design one or more advanced capabilities into a set-top box, including interactive TV broadcast services, Internet browsing and email, time-delay recording, multimedia gateway, video-on-demand and streaming video. National has developed Linux drivers and API for the platform that provide a foundation for open-source development."

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