For Immediate Release
New Web Site Delivers Linux for TV
National Semiconductor and Century Software Launch Linux4.tv to Deliver Complete
Embedded Linux Set-Top Box Solution
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah and SANTA CLARA, Calif. - August 22, 2001 - 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.
"National is taking the leadership role to address our customers' demands for
an embedded Linux software solution for advanced set-top boxes," said David
Pederson, set-top box business unit director for National Semiconductor. "National
and Century are providing this forum to accelerate customer production schedules
in this growing market."
"Open-source software development is a core part of Century's strategy and we
are pleased to be joining National Semiconductor to provide an initial set of
building blocks for advancing interactive digital TV set-tops for Linux. Developing
a solid reference library of applications and libraries will help foster not
only innovation but also reinforce consistent implementation between open-source
and commercial software," said Gregory Haerr, CEO of Century Software. The Linux4.tv
project provides an open-source forum to develop open-standard specifications
and software API definitions for next-generation set-top box systems. An active
programming staff will accept and merge contributions targeting a variety of
platforms and enhancements.
The Linux4.tv Development Program is available for member companies and provides
early access to new software releases, technology previews, whitepapers, and
other tools for collaboration. More details on joining the Linux4.tv community
are available at http://www.linux4.tv.
In addition to founding partners National Semiconductor and Century Embedded
Technologies, Red Hat and Tuxia have joined the Development Partner Program.
About Linux4.tv Development Partner Program
The Linux4.tv Development Partner Program was founded to bring together developers,
designers, content producers, broadcasters, cable operators, and associated
technology suppliers in a united effort to rapidly deploy next-generation set-top
box systems based on open-source software. To request a Linux4.tv Development
Partner application, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Linux4.tv, go to: http://www.linux4.tv.
Century Software will be demonstrating the Geode SP1SC10 running WebMedia on
Red Hat Linux in the Red Hat booth (#653) at the LinuxWorld Expo at the Moscone
Center, San Francisco, August 28-30.
About Century Embedded Technologies
Century Embedded Technologies, a division of Century Software, Inc., is a
leading developer of core applications technologies for the worldwide embedded
Linux™ applications market. These technologies include graphical windowing system
development and runtime environments, customized Internet browsers and HTML
viewers, PDA solutions, and embedded multimedia technologies. These core technologies
are designed specifically to enable chip manufacturers, hardware board vendors,
and their customers to build embedded applications on most popular microprocessor
architectures. Additional company and product information is available on the
World Wide Web at embedded.centurysoftware.com.
About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the information
age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital technology, the
company is focused on the fast growing markets for wireless handsets; information
appliances; information infrastructure; and display, imaging and human interface
technologies. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported
sales of $2.1 billion for fiscal year 2001 and employs about 9,700 people worldwide.
Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web
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