Micronas and Oregan Networks Partner to Bring Internet TV, Movies, Pictures, and Games to the TV.
New DTV processor and software solution delivers a unified TV and media services platform for TV manufacturers.
Freiburg, Germany – December 22, 2008 – Micronas (SIX Swiss Exchange: MASN), a leading supplier of innovative application-specific IC system solutions for consumer electronics, today announced that it is partnering with Oregan Networks™ to offer a complete solution for next-generation internet-connected televisions. The solution is based on Micronas’ Pegasus IDTV platform running a software suite from Oregan Networks that includes a web browser to access TV channels and Internet content such as YouTube™, NetFlix® and Flickr®. A media client is included to display in-home content such as home videos, music and digital pictures in HD, via a DLNA network. 'Widgets' are also provided that pop up information such as sports news, stocks and weather reports.
According to a Gartner Group study released in September 2008, worldwide subscriptions to Internet-capable televisions are on track to reach 19.6 million subscribers in 2008, a 64 percent increase on the previous year. DTV manufacturers are increasingly developing products for this growing market segment, and the Micronas/Oregan Networks solution offers a key technology platform to build on.
"Micronas is a leading supplier of digital TV technology, internationally recognised for the audiovisual quality of its chipset solutions", said Milya Timergaleyeva, VP of Market Strategy at Oregan Networks. "Combining Micronas’ broadcast TV expertise with Oregan’s Internet Protocol applications meets the requirement within the industry for expedited time-to-market with fully integrated, yet customisable solutions for DTV manufacturers."
“The network connection will be an essential element of television,” says Kai Scheffer, Director Marketing at Micronas. “We are extremely impressed with Oregan's suite of connected software - they truly enable mainstream, affordable devices that can share content and 'just work' together.”
With this home-network connected and Internet-ready platform, Micronas and Oregan Networks are now able to provide manufacturers with a fast-track solution for advanced DTV products that provide consumers with a seamless interface to a variety of media formats and sources.
Pricing depends on the combination of chip set and software modules selected.
Micronas (SIX Swiss Exchange: MASN), a semiconductor designer and manufacturer with worldwide operations, is a leading supplier of cutting-edge IC and sensor system solutions for consumer and automotive electronics. As a market leader in innovative global TV system solutions, Micronas leverages its expertise into new markets emerging through the digitization of audio and video content. Micronas also offers a variety of microcontrollers and Hall-sensors for automotive and industrial applications, such as car dashboard, body control, as well as motor management and comfort functions.
Micronas serves all major consumer and automotive electronics customers worldwide, many of them in continuous partnerships seeking joint success. While the holding company is headquartered in Zurich (Switzerland), operational headquarters are based in Freiburg (Germany). Currently, the Micronas Group employs around 1800 people. In 2007 it generated CHF 713/USD 596/EUR 433 million in sales. For more information on Micronas and its products, please visit www.micronas.com
About Oregan Networks Ltd
Oregan Networks provides lightweight media browser solutions for retail consumer electronics and carrier grade IPTV appliances, enabling delivery and sharing of Internet video, music and photos. Since incorporation in 1997, over 3.5 million units of Oregan’s software have been licensed to leading global brands, including Sony Computer Entertainment, Philips Consumer Electronics and NTT. The company’s headquarters and primary R&D center are located in London UK, with branch offices in USA, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. For more information, visit www.oregan.net
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