Amino Supports Alpha Blending, Transparency with ANT Fresco Browser

1/8/2004 - ANT Limited announced that set-top-box and electronic-systems designer Amino Communications is to offer Transparency and Alpha Blending as standard by upgrading to the latest version of the ANT Fresco HTML browser and ANT TV User Interface Environment. ANT Fresco continues to be the primary browser across Amino's entire AmiNET product range because of its 'real world' reliability, speed and compact code-size. ANT Limited is the partner of choice to consumer electronics manufacturers, set-top-box providers and silicon designers worldwide, for TV-interface software, content rendering solutions, and embedded browser technologies.

Using Alpha Blending and Transparency, content developers for ANT Fresco-enabled Amino set-top-boxes can overlay transparent screens on live TV and video pictures for creative display of Picture-in-Picture (PiP), Electronic Programme Guides (EPG), programme information, subtitles and closed-captions, service-provider logos and on-screen instruction guides. This real-time flexibility provided by the ANT-Amino platform offers the most creative and compelling experience to the end user for additional content sent alongside video.

User interfaces built with Alpha Blending and Transparency allow TV and video content to be blended with HTML content on screen. ANT's implementation provides full 8-bits-per-pixel (8bpp) Transparency, which gives 256 levels of transparency for each individual pixel. This can be used for fully blended text from built-in font engines, solid areas of the same transparency, and PNG-format bitmap images with alpha channel.

"Alpha Blending on ANT Fresco reinforces ANT's dominant position as the embedded browser of choice for set-top-box providers, silicon vendors and operators worldwide", said Stephen Reeder, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at ANT Limited. "TV over IP has never looked so good."

"Amino has a long-standing relationship with ANT," said Amino Engineering Director, Paul Fellows. "The addition of such high-quality Transparency and Alpha Blending will reinforce ANT Fresco's dominant position within our deployments."

About ANT Limited
ANT Limited ( is a leading provider of browser-based content rendering solutions for TV, DVD and other consumer electronic devices. ANT's solution includes a browser, software architecture and user interface toolkit that enable OEMs, service providers and network operators to provide highly compelling interactive content and services to the consumer. ANT's software can be integrated quickly into any platform and operating system, and has been implemented into a wide range of interactive TV and digital entertainment devices around the world. Current customers include Amino Communications, Thomson multimedia, Pace Micro Technology, Philips Semiconductors, HUMAX and Sagem. Web:

Amino is an electronic systems designer specialising in products for multimedia distribution such as on-line digital video and audio, as well as data reception. Its range of small, low cost, high functionality set-top boxes and gateway products are available as manufactured units or as licensable designs for hotels and hospitality markets, healthcare, retail and education, as well as networked and broadcast markets. The company offers a shared risk and reward approach that enables the rapid implementation of cost-effective services. Amino, based in Swavesey, near Cambridge, was founded in 1997 and is privately held. It has received 15m in funding from business angels and institutional investors.

ANT, the ANT logo, PurePlay, Fresco and SimplEmail are all trademarks or registered trademarks of ANT Limited.

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