2/11/2004 - ANT Limited announced that its super-lightweight Fresco Lite embedded browser is to be integrated into the Pace DC220KKD digital cable-TV set-top box. The DC220KKD, a member of the DC210 digital cable-TV set-top box family, will start shipping into the German cable-TV market in Spring 2004. 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.
ANT Fresco Lite is an aggressively memory-optimised version of the market-proven ANT Fresco browser, and provides all of the essential HTML features without carrying the cost overhead of extended feature support required for open internet access. This gives operators the potential for interactive-TV content, enhanced digital TV services and one-to-one communication with subscribers while reducing the cost of the platform. The fast and highly robust browser requires minimal platform resources and can reside in as little as 500kB of flash memory. Fresco Lite is particularly targeted at cable TV operators and companies requiring a fast and lightweight browser for user interface display.
"ANT Fresco Lite has been developed in recognition of evolving market requirements for embedded browsers in TVs and set-top boxes, enabling display of operator-controlled HTML content and enhanced set-top-box functionality" said Stephen Reeder, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at ANT Limited. "We are delighted that our long-standing relationship with Pace, Europe's leading set-top box supplier, continues to flourish and we are excited to be working with them on this significant opportunity."
"ANT Fresco Lite is an excellent browser solution for the Pace DC220KKD cable box and we have been greatly impressed by ANT's flexibility and response in optimising Fresco Lite for the needs of our customer," said Patrick Rabu, Regional Director Europe, at Pace Micro Technology.
About ANT Limited
ANT Limited (www.antlimited.com) is a leading provider of native browsers and content-rendering solutions for TVs, set-top boxes, multimedia handhelds and other consumer electronic devices. ANT's solution includes a browser, media viewer and manager, software architecture, and user interface toolkit that enable OEMs, service providers and network operators to provide highly compelling interactive content and services to consumers. 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 Thomson multimedia, Pace Micro Technology, Philips Semiconductors, HUMAX and Sagem.
Pace Micro Technology plc (LSE: PIC) is a leader in digital television technology. The Company's primary focus is the development of innovative home gateway (set-top box) solutions for operators, broadcasters, telecommunications companies and retail markets worldwide. Pace's head office is in Shipley West Yorkshire, with further offices in Bracknell, Cambridge, the USA, France and Hong Kong. For further information, please visit Pace's web site at www.pace.co.uk.
ANT, the ANT logo, PurePlay, Fresco and SimplEmail are all trademarks or registered trademarks of ANT Limited.
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