Espial Escape Delivers Customizable Browser Framework for IP STB Designs

2/7/2005 - Espial and A2i announced that A2i will deploy the LX-200 IP set-top box to customers in Korea and Japan, effective immediately. This STB is designed to meet the needs of the hotel and hospital market, but will also drive IPTV revenue for retail stores and IP-based VOD systems in Korea. After reviewing competitive solutions, A2i chose the Espial Escape browser framework because of its single code base architecture that allows easy customization for both the applications running in the browser and localization of the overall look and feel of the design. Espial is the leading provider of set-top box and mobile handset software, specializing in applications for IPTV design.

The A2i LX-200 STB has Espial Escape rendering:

"We are proud to have the Espial Escape browser embedded in our design," says Sean Hong, marketing director of A2i. "Espial software helped us deliver a STB that is price competitive, easily customizable, portable and scalable and their professional services team walked us through easy integration with our middleware and VOD server choices. We achieved an impressive result without sacrificing cost or development time."

Espial Escape enabled delivery of the LX-200 set-top box with less development cost and faster than competitor solutions. Espial.s integration to all popular middleware and VOD servers ensured A2i succeeded in a field trial service for a telco in Korea.

"A2i has chosen hardware, O/S and application solutions for the LX-200 that is a recipe designed for success," says Dr. Neale Foster, Director of Marketing for TV at Espial. "They have achieved industry-leading capabilities within a reasonable BOM cost and reasonable timeframe. A2i will achieve success in the IPTV market."

The LX-200 is based on the PowerPC Microprocessor, with integrated TV video processing and MPEG1/2 decoders, using an embedded Linux O/S.

About A2i
A2i,, was founded in 1999 and is based in Seoul, Korea. The mission is to develop and market IP STB that enable Telco., content providers in hospitality market and advertisement service companies to offer their customers interactive services in broadband networks. Thanks to its continuous technological innovation and experiences in meeting customer requirements, A2i provides low-cost products to help customers efficiently deploy attractive services such as IP TV and VOD based on current network environment. Especially it will be introducing low-bit rate codec, AVC/H.264, supporting STB with competitive price as well in 2005. The company offers industry standard technology with its products to comply with market leading servers, middleware and encoders so that the customers can reduce time-to-market and increase the revenue of their investment.

About Espial
Espial is the leading provider of rapidly customizable software for set-top boxes and mobile handsets. Espial applications and enabling technologies include Graphical User Interfaces, Video On Demand, Electronic Program Guides, Content Portals, Web browsers and interactive applications. Espial advances the exchange of media between CE devices, across convergent home, wireless and automotive networks.

Espial software eases your time to market and BOM considerations with highly performant applications and tools that are pre-integrated with popular middleware and VOD servers. The company is the recipient of the Deloitte and Touche 'Fast 50' top companies in Canada, two years running. Espial software is deployed and accredited for more than 100 consumer designs such as Motorola, Siemens, Sumitomo Electric Networks, Thomson, Philips, LodgeNet, OnCommand, S-Net Systems, and i3Micro Technologies. More details at:

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