ICT Embedded Targets CE Manufacturers with MHP Plug-in Module

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.

Visit www.ict.nl/mhp.

Profile ICT
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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