We’ve talked about ARM before, and how a partnership with Google for a set-top-box would make a ton of sense for both parties involved. ARM would have brought a low-cost, yet powerful chip with the Cortex-A9, and Google would have provided the Google TV platform.
Well, ARM has apparently decided they don’t need Google, and have announced an Internet-enabled set-top-box of their own. They have also been in talks with Adobe in regards to optimizing Flash for this platform. You can read a list of other specifications that will be going into this set-top-box.
- Qt, which runs on the Trident STB platform, provides a consistent user experience from mobile to home. Qt includes browser and widgets functionalities which run on top of QtWebKit, and extensive performance optimization work has been done for Qt running on ARM architectures.
- Qt is also the development framework for MeeGo and the ARM partnership has already done significant work on this platform around the ARM Cortex-A9 processor.
- Core runtime and plug in components that power the Adobe Flash platform for the digital home have been optimized for the ARM Cortex-A9, including ActionScript 3.0 JIT.
- HTML5, a new Web 2.0 standard that incorporates features like video playback, has also been optimised for ARM and will be key for next generation Web type services.
- The Google Android operating system, designed for the ARM architecture and including an ARM Native Development Kit (NDK), ARM targeted JIT as part of the Dalvik Java application framework and support for the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 web plugin.
- Linaro, a not-for profit company, focuses on the lower software layers and provides the best tools and Linux development experience on ARM, quickening the time to market for Linux based distributions.
Tony Francesca, SVP and GM of the Trident Micro STB business unit, an ARM business partner, had the following to say:
“By combining an industry-leading STB platform with the powerful Cortex-A series of processors, Trident and ARM bring the web-based runtime and user interface technologies traditionally found on PCs and mobile phones into the home entertainment system,“
Details at this point are very limited, but stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
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