"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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