12/8/2003 - ICT Embedded, known for their Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) middleware for set-top boxes and integrated receiver devices has developed the MHP plug-in module for CE manufacturers that want to use their legacy code in conjunction with MHP.
With this plug-in, ICT meets the growing market demand for adding MHP functionality to non-MHP set-top boxes. The plug-in module co-operates with existing set-top box middleware and provides all necessities to download and run MHP applications from a DVB stream.
The technical principle is simple: The MHP plug-in module silently resides in the set-top box and listens to MHP content within the selected service. Once found it will notice the user and start the application on request. All user-interaction goes via the same set-top's user interface, ensuring a consistent look&feel. The interaction with the set-top box middleware is handled by a tiny, well-defined interface.
"We are proud to introduce the first MHP plug-in module into the market" said Bram Schot, CEO of ICT Embedded.
The MHP plug-in is a perfect solution for set-top box vendors that want to add MHP functionality to their set-top boxes. It is easily integrated with existing building blocks and other (3rd party-) components like PVR. Moreover, it allows creating a product range with uniform look&feel amongst the entire range. Finally, it facilitates set-top boxes with support for multiple interactive middleware standards, e.g., MHP and MHEG.
As is the case for ICT's standard MHP implementation, the MHP plug-in module runs on all commonly used chipsets, operating systems, and pJava virtual machines.
ICT's activities are divided into the divisions ICT Embedded and ICT Solutions. ICT Embedded is market leader in the field of embedded software, where it supplies software-related services. ICT Solutions focuses on the entire software development process for information systems, which control a primary, process or provide information on it. The software development comprises mainly client-specific systems. ICT's projects are executed both in-house and at the clients' own premises. ICT operates from four locations, in Barendrecht, Eindhoven, Deventer and Groningen.
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