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Linux-driven BitTorrent appliance ships

Feb 04, 2009, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Billed as an "open," DRM-free (digital right management free) alternative to Apple TV, the Myka player embeds a copy of the BitTorrent client, so users can free up their PCs for other storage and Internet access needs (see farther below for more on BitTorrent). Available with 80GB (Myka 80), 160GB (Myka 160), 500GB (Myka 500), and 1TB (Myka Developer Edition) hard disk drives (HDDs), the appliance connects to the Internet through an Ethernet connection or WiFi (802.11/g). It can download content from the Internet, or from networked PCs, and stream the content to an attached TV display.

"The Myka box runs embedded Linux on a Broadcom BCM7403 system-on-chip (SoC), which is a kissing cousin to the BCM7405, offering DVR features in place of the latter's picture-in-picture support. The HD-ready SoC boasts 450 DMIPS performance, says Myka, and is the source of all the Myka device's signal outputs. The MIPS32-based SoC provides integrated AVC (H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10), MPEG-2, DivX, MPEG-4 Part 2 SD SP/ASP, and VC-1 video decoding technology, says Myka. Broadcom combines the decoder with a CPU, data transport processor, audio decoder, and 2D graphics processing. Other features include video scaling and motion adaptive deinterlacing, six video DACs, stereo audio DACs, and a peripheral control unit for set-top box (STB) controls."

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