Amino Communications puts MeeGo into set-top boxes
Amino Communications is to launch an “add-on” set-top box to add new functions to existing pay-TV services, writes editor Richard Wilson.
Based on the Cambridge-based company’s Freedom media centre, the Freedom Jump is powered by the Intel Atom processor CE4100 and the MeeGo Linux operating system for TV.
The new “add-on” box works alongside existing cable and satellite set-top boxes to offer access to Internet-based applications such as movie-on-demand services, catch-up TV, music services and social networking.
“There is a real gap in the market for a powerful low cost device that works with – rather than competes against – operators’ existing pay-TV devices,” said Amino CEO Andrew Burke.
The box will support common Internet formats such as Adobe Flash together with high definition 1080p capability.
Intel and Nokia collaborated last February to merge their respective mobile Linux platforms, into MeeGo. They are also working together to create a new mobile device development laboratory, with 3D graphics as the first project to tackle.
“New applications and video services require high processor performance and an open operating environment,” said Keith Wehmeyer, general manager, IPTV Segment, Intel Digital Home Group.
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