unveils the world’s first hybrid/OTT media gateway to be powered by Intel’s next generation 32nm Intel Atom SoC for CE at CES 2012 in Las Vegas this week.
The Amino Freedom Live media gateway will combine dual core processing power with a range of new enhanced transcoding and encoding capabilities with multi-screen distribution to deliver content seamlessly to TVs, smartphones and tablets around the home.
Visitors to the Intel booth at CES (#7253) will be able to watch the Amino Freedom handle a range of content sources – including broadcast, OTT, gaming and user generated content – delivered quickly and seamlessly via a newly-created user interface. Uniquely, Amino will also showcase a new feature that delivers high-definition video calling via the TV set.
The Amino Freedom includes new video encoding and transcoding capabilities which takes raw video and converts it into a high quality format for multiscreen playback around the home.
Other features include a USB3 high speed data port will allow users to plug in low cost HD webcams to enjoy high definition video calling – a unique feature for both home and enterprise use. A dual Ethernet switch will enable other devices – including existing pay-TV set-top boxes – to connect to the open Internet.
WebGL functionality will allow the creation of new 3D immersible experiences including applications, user interface, electronic programme guide and advanced online gaming. This new version of the Amino Freedom will also be more environmentally friendly, taking advantage of the “power island” design within the dual core chipset which mean that certain features can be effectively “switched off” when not in use.
The Amino Freedom media gateway is the latest addition the award-winning Freedom range.
Already, available in two product formats – the Freedom Live media centre and Freedom Jump – the Freedom range has been specially designed to help meet growing consumer demand for TV-based "Over-The-Top" video entertainment. The Amino Freedom Live hybrid/OTT media centre seamlessly connects users to their favourite TV, movies and home media and a new world of applications and gaming.
The Amino Freedom Jump OTT media centre is a “companion” device that enables pay-TV operators to deliver OTT content, but without the cost of changing out of existing set-top boxes. Movie-on-demand services, catch-up TV, Internet music services, applications and social networking can all be added – and then blended seamlessly into an existing cable operator user interface.
The Freedom platform has been deployed by Telecom Italia to support its Cubovision service, which delivers broadcast TV and OTT content to homes across Italy.