PRNewswire, September 7, 2004
Softier Introduces IP Set Top Box Reference Design Based on A Single TI DM64x Digital Media Processor

Linux Platform Solution Will be Demonstrated at Upcoming IBC 2004 Exhibition in Europe and the Embedded Systems Conference -Boston.

Allowing fast introduction of sophisticated products at a significant cost reduction,Softier Inc. has announced the introduction of an IP set top box (STB) reference design based on Texas Instruments (TI) DM64x digital media processor. Running the Linux OS, embedded browser and a wide range of D1-resolution audio/video decoders including MPEG2, H.264 and Microsoft's Windows Media 9(TM) Series, this reference design is aimed at high volume IP STB manufacturers and related design houses, a rapidly growing worldwide market.Softier will demonstrate the new reference design as part of TI's booth at IBC in Amsterdam, September 10-14 (Hall 4, Stand 161), and ESC East in Boston, September 14-16 (booth #501-I). Softier will showcase a reference design and a sample application of an IP video player implemented on a single DSP running both the Linux OS and media processing algorithms. Softier will show:- Interactive A/V streaming application, simulating typical IP STB and home media distribution functionality- D1 resolution playback of all major A/V standards, including MPEG-2, H.264 and WM9, MP3, AAC etc, licensed through Softier from a range of technology partners- Integrated support for key peripherals such as IR, Ethernet, USB and HDD (hard disk drive)- FRESCO, advanced HTML browser by ANT Corp., that can serve either as UIbuilding tool or a front-end to online EPG and real time stock data stickers display.- Additional Linux-based device management and application support tools,such as web-based management (HTTP server) and remote update capabilityThe networked media player will use a LAN-attached personal computer as an HTTP streamer loaded with audio/video files of various formats, simulating a typical IP video service scenario."Softier's reference design is based on TI's digital media processors and allows system designers to rapidly develop IP STBs utilizing open-source Linux software," said Eatamar Drory, CTO, Softier. "We are committed to working with our technology partners to establish a leading solution and ensure future compatibility with emerging trends and standards.""TI's goal is to provide a rapid path to full product implementations based on the DM64x generation," said Arnaud Duclap, European DSP business development manager, TI. "We are encouraged to see Softier's Linux solution running on a single DSP, performing audio, video and communication processing. We are further encouraged to see leading manufacturers adopting this novel and cost effective approach,"Softier's Linux Multimedia Platform and Development Kit (LDDK)The IP STB reference design relies on Softier's Linux Multimedia Platform and Tool Kit (LDDK), which provides the required operating system and software development environment. TI's Code Composer Studio(TM) integrated development environment offers coding, compiling and debugging tools that accelerate the development of new, fully optimized application software, and allow programmers to port existing code to the Linux on DSP environment. The platform and development kit are available now.

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