When Linux met set-top

Century Embedded Technologies and National Semiconductor have launched a new website, Linux4.tv, dedicated to supporting Linux projects for TV.

Century Embedded Technologies and National Semiconductor have launched a new website, Linux4.tv, dedicated to supporting Linux 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 aims to 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 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 a 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 a development environment for manufacturers seeking to design capabilities such as interactive TV broadcast services, Internet browsing and email, time-delay recording, multimedia gateway, video-on-demand and streaming video capabilities into a set-top box. National has developed Linux drivers and API for the platform that provide a foundation for open-source development.

An active programming staff will accept and merge contributions targeting a variety of platforms and enhancements.

A 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.

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