CE Linux Forum (CELF) Announces Availability of CELF Specification and Reference Implementation for Consumer Electronic Products

Jun 29, 2004, 01:00 ET from CE Linux Forum

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The CE Linux Forum (CELF) today
 announced that it has released its first CELF Specification and Reference
 Implementation. This release represents another step toward optimizing Linux
 for use in consumer electronic (CE) products, consistent with the goals and
 vision of the CELF organization.
     The specification and implementation can be freely downloaded from the
 CELF website at www.celinuxforum.org.
     This release incorporates output from several working groups operating
 within the CELF, and it expands on the number of platforms supported by the
 CELF source tree that was originally released in November 2003.  The source
 tree reflects most of the function of CELF specifications. This work
 represents consensus among Forum members operating within the working groups
 on software technologies deemed important to the use of Linux in CE products.
     "With the first year anniversary of the CE Linux Forum comes a
 reaffirmation of the strong desire of major CE vendors to promote and use
 Linux as a major technology component of digital CE products," said Scott
 Smyers, CELF Steering Committee Chair.
     The CELF working groups, whose initial results are incorporated into the
 tree, have an ongoing focus in the following technology areas:
           1) Reduction of device startup and shutdown times
           2) Energy-saving features (low power consumption)
           3) Audio Visual and graphics functions
           4) Improvement of real-time characteristics
           5) Reduction of memory requirements
           6) Security enhancements
     "CELF hopes to draw upon its members' technology resources and to
 collaborate with the open source community in order to continue to improve the
 technologies on which we are focused," added Ikuo Minakata, Co-Chair of the
 CELF Steering Committee.
     Organized to promote the use of Linux in digital CE products, CELF was
 established last June by eight major consumer electronics companies including
 Panasonic (Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.), Sony Corporation,
 Hitachi, Ltd., NEC Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics
 Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, and Toshiba Corporation, and now includes more
 than 50 member companies.
     Linux is a registered trademark owned by Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and
 other areas.
     Contact:  Asian region, pr-asia@celinuxforum.org, or European region,
 pr-europe@celinuxforum.org, or U.S. and all other regions,
 pr-other@celinuxforum.org, or reference, CE Linux Forum Office,
 +1-408-955-4941, all of CE Linux Forum.

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