New Web Site Delivers Linux for TV

National Semiconductor and Century Software Launch Linux4.tv to Deliver

Complete Embedded Linux Set-Top Box Solution



Aug 22, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Semiconductor Corporation

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ --
 Century Embedded Technologies, a division of Century Software, Inc., and
 National Semiconductor Corp (NYSE:   NSM) today announced the launch of a new
 website, Linux4.tv, dedicated to supporting Linux developers and promoting
 open-source projects for Interactive TV and Advanced Digital Set Top Box
 (STB) technologies. Designed for developers and system integrators, Linux4.tv
 will host freely available open-source software projects and applications for
 a variety of electronic devices including broadcast and digital TV, web
 browsing, gaming, and video on demand. A complete open-source set-top box
 solution is available for download immediately.
     Linux4.tv will advance the development and deployment of Linux-based
 set-top box technologies and standards. Several projects are immediately
 available for download, including WebMedia, Century's set-top box front-end
 application that provides video middleware application programming interface
 (API) and enhanced Video 4 Linux (V4L2) API with rich features such as alpha
 blending, VIP overlay and Picture in Picture (PIP) support. These APIs will
 streamline the implementation of TV middleware and device drivers. In
 addition, the web site also includes an collection of technical documentation
 for National's Geode(TM) hardware and platforms, video standards and source
 code.
    The software available on Linux4.tv will be designed for National's Geode
 SP1SC10 demonstration and development platform.  Based on a National(R) Geode
 SC1200 processor, the Geode SP1SC10 includes a full set of multimedia
 functions, peripheral and network interfaces and two PCI expansion slots.  The
 reference platform provides an ideal development environment for manufacturers
 seeking to design one or more advanced capabilities into a set-top box,
 including interactive TV broadcast services, Internet browsing and email,
 time-delay recording, multimedia gateway, video-on-demand and streaming video.
 National has developed Linux drivers and API for the platform that provide a
 foundation for open-source development.
     "National is taking the leadership role to address our customers' demands
 for an embedded Linux software solution for advanced set-top boxes," said
 David Pederson, set-top box business unit director for National Semiconductor.
 "National and Century are providing this forum to accelerate customer
 production schedules in this growing market."
     "Open-source software development is a core part of Century's strategy and
 we are pleased to be joining National Semiconductor to provide an initial set
 of building blocks for advancing interactive digital TV set-tops for Linux.
 Developing a solid reference library of applications and libraries will help
 foster not only innovation but also reinforce consistent implementation
 between open-source and commercial software," said Gregory Haerr, CEO of
 Century Software.
     The Linux4.tv project provides an open-source forum to develop
 open-standard specifications and software API definitions for next-generation
 set-top box systems. An active programming staff will accept and merge
 contributions targeting a variety of platforms and enhancements. The Linux4.tv
 Development Program is available for member companies and provides early
 access to new software releases, technology previews, whitepapers, and other
 tools for collaboration. More details on joining the Linux4.tv community are
 available at http://www.linux4.tv .
     In addition to founding partners National Semiconductor and Century
 Embedded Technologies, Red Hat and Tuxia have joined the Development Partner
 Program.
 
     About Linux4.tv Development Partner Program
     The Linux4.tv Development Partner Program was founded to bring together
 developers, designers, content producers, broadcasters, cable operators, and
 associated technology suppliers in a united effort to rapidly deploy
 next-generation set-top box systems based on open-source software. To request
 a Linux4.tv Development Partner application, please send an email to
 partners@linux4.tv.
     For more information on Linux4.tv, go to:  http://www.linux4.tv .
     Century Software will be demonstrating the Geode SP1SC10 running WebMedia
 on Red Hat Linux in the Red Hat booth (#653) at the LinuxWorld Expo at the
 Moscone Center, San Francisco, August 26-28.
 
     About Century Embedded Technologies
     Century Embedded Technologies, a division of Century Software, Inc., is a
 leading developer of core applications technologies for the worldwide embedded
 Linux(TM) applications market. These technologies include graphical windowing
 system development and runtime environments, customized Internet browsers and
 HTML viewers, PDA solutions, and embedded multimedia technologies. These core
 technologies are designed specifically to enable chip manufacturers, hardware
 board vendors, and their customers to build embedded applications on most
 popular microprocessor architectures. Additional company and product
 information is available on the World Wide Web at
 embedded.centurysoftware.com.
 
     About National Semiconductor
     National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the
 information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital
 technology, the company is focused on the fast growing markets for wireless
 handsets; information appliances; information infrastructure; and display,
 imaging and human interface technologies. With headquarters in Santa Clara,
 California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for fiscal year 2001 and
 employs about 9,700 people worldwide.  Additional company and product
 information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com.
     NOTE:  Century Software, Century Embedded Technologies are trademarks of
 Century Software, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark owned by Linus
 Torvalds. National Semiconductor is a registered trademark and Geode is a
 trademark of National Semiconductor Corp. All other products, services,
 companies and publications are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
 respective owners.
 
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    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ --
 Century Embedded Technologies, a division of Century Software, Inc., and
 National Semiconductor Corp (NYSE:   NSM) today announced the launch of a new
 website, Linux4.tv, dedicated to supporting Linux developers and promoting
 open-source projects for Interactive TV and Advanced Digital Set Top Box
 (STB) technologies. Designed for developers and system integrators, Linux4.tv
 will host freely available open-source software projects and applications for
 a variety of electronic devices including broadcast and digital TV, web
 browsing, gaming, and video on demand. A complete open-source set-top box
 solution is available for download immediately.
     Linux4.tv will advance the development and deployment of Linux-based
 set-top box technologies and standards. Several projects are immediately
 available for download, including WebMedia, Century's set-top box front-end
 application that provides video middleware application programming interface
 (API) and enhanced Video 4 Linux (V4L2) API with rich features such as alpha
 blending, VIP overlay and Picture in Picture (PIP) support. These APIs will
 streamline the implementation of TV middleware and device drivers. In
 addition, the web site also includes an collection of technical documentation
 for National's Geode(TM) hardware and platforms, video standards and source
 code.
    The software available on Linux4.tv will be designed for National's Geode
 SP1SC10 demonstration and development platform.  Based on a National(R) Geode
 SC1200 processor, the Geode SP1SC10 includes a full set of multimedia
 functions, peripheral and network interfaces and two PCI expansion slots.  The
 reference platform provides an ideal development environment for manufacturers
 seeking to design one or more advanced capabilities into a set-top box,
 including interactive TV broadcast services, Internet browsing and email,
 time-delay recording, multimedia gateway, video-on-demand and streaming video.
 National has developed Linux drivers and API for the platform that provide a
 foundation for open-source development.
     "National is taking the leadership role to address our customers' demands
 for an embedded Linux software solution for advanced set-top boxes," said
 David Pederson, set-top box business unit director for National Semiconductor.
 "National and Century are providing this forum to accelerate customer
 production schedules in this growing market."
     "Open-source software development is a core part of Century's strategy and
 we are pleased to be joining National Semiconductor to provide an initial set
 of building blocks for advancing interactive digital TV set-tops for Linux.
 Developing a solid reference library of applications and libraries will help
 foster not only innovation but also reinforce consistent implementation
 between open-source and commercial software," said Gregory Haerr, CEO of
 Century Software.
     The Linux4.tv project provides an open-source forum to develop
 open-standard specifications and software API definitions for next-generation
 set-top box systems. An active programming staff will accept and merge
 contributions targeting a variety of platforms and enhancements. The Linux4.tv
 Development Program is available for member companies and provides early
 access to new software releases, technology previews, whitepapers, and other
 tools for collaboration. More details on joining the Linux4.tv community are
 available at http://www.linux4.tv .
     In addition to founding partners National Semiconductor and Century
 Embedded Technologies, Red Hat and Tuxia have joined the Development Partner
 Program.
 
     About Linux4.tv Development Partner Program
     The Linux4.tv Development Partner Program was founded to bring together
 developers, designers, content producers, broadcasters, cable operators, and
 associated technology suppliers in a united effort to rapidly deploy
 next-generation set-top box systems based on open-source software. To request
 a Linux4.tv Development Partner application, please send an email to
 partners@linux4.tv.
     For more information on Linux4.tv, go to:  http://www.linux4.tv .
     Century Software will be demonstrating the Geode SP1SC10 running WebMedia
 on Red Hat Linux in the Red Hat booth (#653) at the LinuxWorld Expo at the
 Moscone Center, San Francisco, August 26-28.
 
     About Century Embedded Technologies
     Century Embedded Technologies, a division of Century Software, Inc., is a
 leading developer of core applications technologies for the worldwide embedded
 Linux(TM) applications market. These technologies include graphical windowing
 system development and runtime environments, customized Internet browsers and
 HTML viewers, PDA solutions, and embedded multimedia technologies. These core
 technologies are designed specifically to enable chip manufacturers, hardware
 board vendors, and their customers to build embedded applications on most
 popular microprocessor architectures. Additional company and product
 information is available on the World Wide Web at
 embedded.centurysoftware.com.
 
     About National Semiconductor
     National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the
 information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital
 technology, the company is focused on the fast growing markets for wireless
 handsets; information appliances; information infrastructure; and display,
 imaging and human interface technologies. With headquarters in Santa Clara,
 California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for fiscal year 2001 and
 employs about 9,700 people worldwide.  Additional company and product
 information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com.
     NOTE:  Century Software, Century Embedded Technologies are trademarks of
 Century Software, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark owned by Linus
 Torvalds. National Semiconductor is a registered trademark and Geode is a
 trademark of National Semiconductor Corp. All other products, services,
 companies and publications are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
 respective owners.
 
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