Espial, Skelmir, DiscVision Deliver NEC-based Digital Video Recorders

9/15/2003 - Espial, leaders in TV application software, Skelmir, the creators of CEE-J Virtual Machines for hosting interactive TV standards and applications and DiscVision, a leading production-ready PVR implementation provider, announced a partnership to provide a production grade solution digital video recorders based on NEC Electronics' EMMA2 System-on-Chip for digital TV.

The implementation provides cost- and image- conscious box manufacturers a time to market PVR advantage, for which design, features and UI are highly customizable. The simplicity of the customizable interface and the robustness of the design makes this reference PVR highly desirable to OEMs who want to focus resources on building compelling interfaces, rather than developing a PVR from scratch. Espial, the leading provider of TV UI interfaces worldwide, brings the understanding of the customers' interface expectations. Skelmir brings its embedded expertise and high performance, minimal footprint CEE-J virtual machine with advanced graphical capabilities ideal for digital TV display, along with its speed and flexibility, DiscVision contributed with their already deployed, and therefore proven, PVR solution, and NEC provided the best tailored and deployed PVR SoC for the Digital TV world.

The solution includes:

Espial Suite for TV
A standards-centric application layer designed for TV manufacturers that enables applications such as EPG, PVR/DVR, full Internet access, instant messaging, time shifted programming, compelling GUI and set-up screens, email and World Wide Web display runs on any operating system, complimentary to established middleware platforms.

Skelmir CEE-J Virtual Machine
High performance, minimal footprint virtual machines for hosting MHP, OCAP EPG's, gaming, browsers, and other interactive TV standards and Java applications on set top boxes and integrated TVs. With advanced graphical capabilities already built in, CEE-J enables customers to create professional TV-centric UI's ideal for television display.

Disc Vision SmartTV-1 PVR System
Disc Vision PVR technology is based on the Linux operating system. Thus, the PVR middleware as well as the applications can easily be ported to other platform that provide Linux OS functionality. As a reference platform for the PVR development, Disc Vision uses the NEC EMMA-2 system-on-a-chip architecture. This platform provides highest functionality at a competitive price level.

In addition to handling all the basic requirements for a fully integrated back end solution for digital TV (TS Demux, MPEG audio and Video processing, OSD…), the EMMArchitecture2 chip boasts a 200MIPS core CPU, the capability of handling 3 transport streams and IDE Hard Disk Drives interface for PVR functionality. It also contains a PCI interface to ensure connectivity to all standard network interface devices (xDSL, Ethernet, Cable Modem among others) that have been developed for standard PCs. It is also capable of handling IR inputs and outputs directly, for the best integration of interactive systems.

Partner Quotes:

"PVR and DVR functionality is one of the most important aspects for the next wave of these products which will be on the market in the next six months," said Dr. Neale Foster, director of marketing TV at Espial. "Espial Suite for TV enables simple user interaction for the complex interaction that powers the functionality consumers are demanding."

"The collaborative solution for the EMMA2 chip demonstrates the continued commitment to support developers and manufacturers. To remain competitive and fuel product adoption, compelling solutions ready for mass production require advanced software such as Espial, DiscVision and Skelmir provide," said Nick Russell, Senior Marketing Manager of Digital AV at NEC.

"Together, the NEC, Espial, Skelmir and Disc Vision solution provide the Smart TV technology to support the standard broadcast program that we enjoy today, and allow interactive access to the TV programs and content. This delivers the functionality that consumers and broadcasters have been anxiously awaiting," said Dr. Reinhard Lueling, President of DiscVision.

"The collaboration up and down the hardware and software stack has enabled NEC, Espial, Disc Vision and Skelmir to provide the marketplace with the PVR/DVR technology they have been demanding, ready for deployment. Skelmir is pleased to be a member of this team," said Shari Agatstein, President of Skelmir.

According to In-Stat/MDR, Worldwide shipments of PVRs are forecasted to increase to more than 6 million this year. PVR product revenues are forecasted to increase to more than $2.3 billion.

The highly optimized PVR solution will be demonstrated on the NEC Electronics Corporation stand in Hall 1, Stand 222 at the International Broadcasting Convention, Amsterdam.

About Espial
Espial is the leader in providing scalable TV application software for next generation television products. Espial software allows the creation of TV user interface solutions that build revenue via email, chat, games, program guides, broadcaster-content browsers, photo viewers, and Internet, while maintaining look and feel of the user interface. With more than 90 consumer electronic wins with companies such as Motorola, On Command, LodgeNet, Philips, Sony and Samsung, Espial had deployed proven solutions which apply universally across sectors including TV, wireless, automotive, and other connected devices. For more information, visit

About Skelmir
Skelmir's market proven, small footprint, high performance CEE-J virtual machines host industry specific standards such as MHP and OCAP and other Java applications on embedded devices. Available for an extensive range of platforms, Skelmir's family of clean room CEE-J virtual machines support embedded and consumer devices for interactive TV, video conferencing, mobile enterprise, industrial testing, scientific monitoring, handheld communications and more. Visit us at

About NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH
NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH, headquartered in Duesseldorf, Germany, is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of semiconductor products in Europe. Committed to meeting customers' cost, performance and time-to-market requirements, the company offers solutions ranging from standard products to system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, as well as customized products for next-generation designs. NEC Electronics also offers customers the benefit of state-of-the-art manufacturing locally in Europe, besides the global production of its parent company, NEC Electronics Corporation. Additionally, NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH is the exclusive European sales and marketing channel of LCD and PDP modules from NEC LCD Technologies Ltd. For more information visit

Skelmir and CEE-J are trademarks of Skelmir. Java and all Java based marks are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Skelmir, LLC is an independent company offering proven clean room virtual machine technologies for multiple Java Platforms. Skelmir is not affiliated with Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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