Ucentric Announces Support of Broadcom Reference Design to Advance Whole -Home Media Center Solutions
Ucentric Systems and Broadcom Corporation are joining forces to provide whole-home media center solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers
Integrated solution targeted to consumer electronics manufacturers to be featured at CES 2005
CES 2005 Las Vegas, Nev. - - Jan. 7, 2005 - Ucentric Systems and Broadcom Corporation are joining forces to provide whole -home media center solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers. Ucentric has successfully ported their Digital Home Software Suite to the Broadcom® BCM97038 media center reference design. The software not only extends DVR (digital video recorder) functionality through the home, but also enables the sharing of personal media such as music and photos to multiple display devices throughout the home. The two companies will feature their combined solution at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2005 in Las Vegas, January 6 -9.
"The increased penetration of personal digital media and the FCC mandate for HDTV and cable card standard from operators have come together to create a huge market opportunity for consumer electronics manufacturers to deliver cable TV ready whole -home media centers at the retail level," said Brian Sprague, Senior Director of Marketing for Set -Top Box Products of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "We're excited to be working with Ucentric to provide a compelling whole -home media platform for CE manufacturers. The modular design of Ucentric's software suite layered on top of Broadcom's set -top API allows for easy addition of new features, as well as the complete customization of the user interface for differentiation at retail."
The Broadcom BCM97038 reference design sets a new standard for media center system integration and performance. For the first time consumer electronics manufacturers will be able to deliver media center products with dual audio and video channels, triple -channel, high definition DVR features, secure in -home networking, as well as support for cable card tuners, satellite tuners, and ATSC broadcast video.
In addition, the BCM97395 offers new advanced capabilities not yet available in HDTV systems, such as support for integrated DVD -RW navigation and burn capability.
To facilitate robust and compelling application solutions such as Ucentric's, Broadcom integrates a high performance 64 -bit CPU combined with graphics acceleration, which takes the home media center to the next level in performance.
"As a leader in integrated semiconductor solutions, Broadcom brings significant expertise in cable and satellite set -top box engineering for broadband and advanced media codecs," said Michael Collette, Ucentric chief executive officer. "By leveraging our combined solutions we are introducing advanced technology that can enable new business models for sharing and delivering secure PayTV content to consumers within a cost -effective, fully -featured, Whole -Home media center platform."
Ucentric's Whole -Home DVR™ application creates a single recording library, shared among multiple television sets that allows users to independently record, pause, play, rewind and fast forward live or recorded programming from any TV in the network. Additional applications available from Ucentric include Whole -Home Music™ and Whole -Home Photo™ applications that allow users to access, share, and transfer their complete digital music and photo collections to any connected device in the home.
About Ucentric Systems
Ucentric is a leading provider of networked media server software and applications for the new digital home. Its patented technology enables the secure, high quality digital distribution of HD and SD video signals from broadcast, satellite or cable sources to all connected rooms in the home. The Ucentric solution is uniquely capable of unifying networked television, including whole -home DVR with networked personal media (music, photos, home movies) and networked communications (broadband internet access and telephony) - all on a standards -based, cost efficient, interoperable IP networking platform that can easily scale to support any array of applications.
Ucentric is committed to supporting industry standards and is a member of the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) and the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Forum and actively supports CableLab's Open Cable initiative. Based in Maynard, Massachusetts, Ucentric is backed by Polaris Venture Partners. For more information, please visit www.ucentric.com.
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