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January 08, 2013

MIPS Demos Android-Based Entertainment Applications at CES

MIPS Technologies is demonstrating several Android-based solutions as per its processors for entertainment applications at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

“Today’s consumers expect their internet-connected devices to interact with one another, serve as complementary second screens and seamlessly share content, in addition to paid content,” said MIPS vice president of marketing, Gordon Intrater. “As a leading provider of processors for home entertainment devices in addition to DTVs & set-top boxes, with a growing presence in mobile, it is noteworthy to MIPS in that we deliver the - next-generation solutions in that will enable our licensees to offer an advanced consumer experience.”

One innovative application is iWedia’s Android4TV, which integrates DTV features for the European market, including TTX, EPG, MHEG, HbbTV and CI+. It allows for second-screen viewing of related content, channel previews, content-aware search functionality.

“iWedia is delighted to work with MIPS Technologies to deliver greater interactive functionality to MIPS-Based Android home entertainment devices. With our market-proven Android4TV technology and broadcast TV stacks, iWedia is focused on bringing programmability to consumer electronics devices in the living room,  and – not forgetting their main purpose — watching TV,” said iWedia CTO Nikola Teslic.

“Given MIPS’ pervasive presence in the home entertainment market, it was an obvious choice to optimize our answer for MIPS,” Teslic added.

Myriad is also demonstrating two new products – Connect & Share, which allows Android devices to share premium protected content; and Alien Vue, which allows Android applications to run on set-top boxes and DTVs.

“Consumers want to share and access all of their content between their home entertainment devices, in addition to protected content for which they pay a premium,” Myriad SVP and general manager Ed Zylka said. “Myriad’s Connect & Share answer lets them do just that. We are pleased to continue our long relationship with MIPS by offering this new answer in that can deliver a seamless content-centric experience to consumers.”

Other products on display include applications and games, including Opera Software’s Opera TV, and new games from Gameloft and Marmalade.

In addition, Ingenic Semiconductor has created a “system-on-a-chip” based on MIPS’ JZ4780, capable of running Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean.”

A number of Android-based set-top boxes and TVs are being demonstrated, including the Slingbox, the PlayStation Nasne, the Vizio CinemaWide HDTV.

Edited by Braden Becker

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