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Freescale, Axentra collaborate to deliver "anywhere, anytime" access

Posted: 25 May 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale  Axentra  Digital Home Center platform  HipServ  MPC8349E mITX 

Freescale Semiconductor and Axentra have announced a collaboration on a comprehensive reference platform for residential gateways and home media servers which promises to make "anywhere, anytime" access for consumers a reality and combines HipServ software from Axentra and the MPC8349E mITX reference board, containing a PowerPC core, from Freescale.

According to iSuppli research, there are more than 4.5 crore (45 million) installed home networks worldwide today, and this number is forecast to exceed 12 crore (120 million) by 2009. More than six crore (60 million) of these home networks will be media-enabled, fuelling the demand for "anywhere, anytime" access to content in the digital home.

The two companies are partnering on the platform to address the growing market for customer premises equipment (CPE) with remote access capabilities and home-based content management. This emerging class of CPE products makes it easy for consumers to access digital content from networked equipment in any room in the house, or remotely from any location in the world from one simple user interface.

"The Digital Home Centre reference platform targets a breed of home consumer: the digital content enthusiast who wants to access, manage, back-up and share a wealth of files from any location, and HipServ is designed to do that very well," said Lynelle McKay, vice president and general manager of Freescale's dDigital systems division. "Many leading CPE manufacturers and service providers are anticipating this remote-access and content-sharing trend and are seeking leading-edge platform solutions like ours to streamline development of digital home centre products."

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