Espial Focuses on Critical Requirements of Digital TVs with Evo

5/17/2004 - Espial, the leading provider of software solutions for TV, introduced a comprehensive application suite focused on meeting the critical requirements of digital TVs. Named Espial EvoTM for its evolutionary nature, it includes critical applications that will reduce the time to market and bill of materials cost of digital LCD, plasma, projection, and CRT TVs to the US. Espial Evo positions Espial to capitalize on the digital shift in the television market, and accelerate personalization trends in consumer electronics.

Unlike competitive technologies, Espial Evo UIs can be easily customized to allow branding across consumer electronic devices, including 'gaming-like' transitions and effects. Using markup languages like HTML, television skins can be changed quickly and easily by a designer, as it requires no changes or effects to the underlying code.

"CE manufacturers have been looking for the ability to easily customize the look and feel of their consumer electronics designs as a way to stand out from the competition. Differentiation is a must in this crowded CE landscape." said Vamsi Sistla, Director of Broadband and Residential Entertainment Technologies at ABI Research. "From a technology standpoint, application layer software - along with latest interfaces, micro display technologies and high computing power, is proving to be another valuable differentiator for CE OEMs."

Evo has been created with a modular architecture that allows television manufacturers to easily include additional features and optional components. Components include:

Television manufacturers are anxious to deliver advanced capabilities to their customers but must work within a BOM-driven, resource constrained environment. The Espial Evo framework can be pared down to a tiny 100K footprint suitable for consumer-grade performance on a 50MHz processor. This degree of efficiency will raise the bar on advanced capabilities for the mass market.

"We need to differentiate the look and feel of the many analogue and iDTV brands that we take to market and we need to do this with minimum turn around time. The Espial Evo solution bundles in the most important applications (Display and Guide) with an easy-to-customize user interface," said Simon Roh, managing director of Techsan UK. "We were intrigued to see cutting edge UI transitions and techniques that are effective on even the simplest TV design."

Evo supports all popular embedded platforms including MIPS, PPC, ST Micro, and X86 processors using Linux or other embedded operating systems. The product is available immediately, worldwide.

About Espial
Espial is the leader in creating scalable application software for consumer electronics. In addition to a robust technology platform, Espial has a reputation for excellence in creating or enabling graphical user interfaces, Video-on-Demand, T-commerce applications, Flash and Real Player content. Espial's software solutions allow consumer electronics manufacturers to reduce their time to market and development risk for technologically advanced TVs, DVD recorders, set-top boxes, and mobile phones - anything that requires an enhanced user experience. Espial has more than 100 device design wins with companies such as Intel, Motorola, LodgeNet, Philips and Samsung, and has deployed proven solutions for home and mobile broadband networks. Visit for more information.

About Techsan
Techsan I&C (KOSDAQ 36900) was established in March 1990 and is a state-of-the-art manufacture company that provides cutting edge technology solutions in the arenas of Set Top Box and LCD monitor. We have a research and development center in England and two other facilities in South Korea. Techsan I&C's extensive research and development results in a continual flow of new technology that we provide as standard products. The company's technology investments differentiate Techsan I&C from our competitors and provide the foundation for the future growth. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at

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