, a leader in Linux-based consumer electronics software and VIA Technologies
, foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, partnership will be debuting a series of small, richly featured and inexpensive digital entertainment platforms at this years VIA Technology Forum
(VTF) and Computex tradeshows
. This combination of low cost / high performance hardware and software shows Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) and Original Equipment Manufacturers VIA Technology's latest reference designs running CAC's MCSS platform.
CAC's Media Convergence Software Suite (MCSS) is a Linux-based operating system the company licenses to consumer electronics manufacturers to drive new chip-sets available for their products. The innovative software / hardware combination enables them to combine PC, Internet, and CE functionality into "lean back" products designed to play, consume, store, and organize ALL digital media.
This new line of designs and turn-key devices will include:
- Small form factor IP Set Top Media Centers supporting most IPTV services
- Multi-Function Turn-Key Media Centers and Media Servers
- MCSS compatible Mini ITX solutions for distributors in the home theater and IP Video Delivery markets
- MCSS compatible reference designs for embedded Media Center functionality within LCD and DLP Televisions or Displays.
MCSS has over 30 applications features which will be demonstrated. These include: PVR w/EPG, FireFox TV web browser and Helix streaming media player for TV, Networked and USB Device media playback, Email, and connectivity to the CAC Network for continuous upgrades and Video on Demand services.
MCSS supports industry standards such as UPnP, HTTP, RTP, NMPR, and 802.11a/b/g. and enables interoperability across multiple devices to allow the communication and sharing of information and media content across multiple wired or wireless home networks.