Monday, January 2, 2006

Softier Offers H.264 IPTV STB Based on TI's DSP

Softier Inc. announced the availability of Wave-300, an H.264 IP set-top box for IPTV.

Softier's Wave-300 supports next generation video formats including H.264, MPEG-4, and Windows Media Video 9 (VC-1) as well as MPEG-2 for backward compatibility. The Wave-300 is powered by Texas Instruments' DSP-based DM64x generation of digital media processors, and runs on a Linux operating system.

The Wave 300 lets operators easily expand services after initial deployment by using the set-top-box's remote boot capabilities to add software components and applications. The Wave-300 IP STB can also be remotely upgraded without causing any interruption to ongoing services.

Key features include:

  • H.264 MP@L3 D1 resolution up to 2 Mbps

  • MPEG-2 MP@L3 D1 resolution up to 10 Mbps

  • Windows Media 9 MP@ML up to 8 Mbps

  • AAC (MP4), MP1 layer 1&2, WMA audio and AC3

  • IGMP support for multicast services, RTSP for interactive video on demand services

  • Softier's JSTB (Java Script for IP STB) and embedded browser for easy integration with leading middleware packages

  • USB 2.0 for external storage attachment

  • Remote Boot and Upgrade capability

  • Embedded Web-based user configuration and SNMP-based device management

Verizon to Offer Branded Home Networking Gear from Belkin

Verizon will begin offering company-branded wireless routers, desktop and notebook cards, and USB adapters at many of the nationwide retail outlets that already sell Verizon Online DSL service.

Verizon will be reselling Belkin's networking products under its own label.

Verizon said the introduction of the home networking gear is the first step in a licensing strategy to expand the Verizon brand into new markets and reach new sets of consumers.

The agreement between Verizon and Belkin was facilitated by Brandgenuity LLC, a New York-based licensing agency.