Sunday, August 2, 2009

New Alliance Seeks Pixel Accurate User Interfaces

Broadcom, Cisco, DIRECTV and Samsung are the founding members of a new RVU Alliance that will develop and make available technical specifications for the distribution of digital audio/video home networked entertainment content augmented with pixel accurate remote user interface graphics.

The goal is to develop a specification for a full-featured "pixel accurate" Remote User Interface (RUI) that will form the core of the new RVU technology.

The RVU protocol is based on a client-server architecture. Pixel accurate RUI technology would ensure an identical user experience on all RVU-based thin client CE devices throughout the connected home, including digital TVs (DTVs), digital media adapters (DMAs) and set-top boxes (STBs).

The RVU Alliance said its work will complement existing industry interoperability initiatives, including the efforts of the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). The RVU specification requires DTCP over IP content protection.

A whitepaper is available online.