"A new project by Intel and Philips is using the Linux operating
system to boost the market for converged consumer electronics. The
Pronto++ reference platform, announced on Tuesday, is based on
Intel's XScale line of embedded processors and, initially at least,
an embedded Linux distribution.
"'Pronto++ grew out of of Philips' Pronto line of advanced
remote controls, and the companies expect to make converged devices
such as digital media players and Internet set-top boxes as easy to
use as a remote. "In a single device, consumers will have access to
interactive digital content consisting of music, pictures, video,
gaming and other unique infotainment services,' said Peter Green,
general manager of Intel's Extended Computing division, in a
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