ACCESS brings high-performance WebKit-based HTML5
TV UI engine to STMicroelectronics’ new-generation
set-top box platforms
ACCESS’ NetFrontTM Browser NX browser enables immersive experiences for STMicroelectronics’ new-generation set-top box platforms
IBC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 13, 2013 − ACCESS CO., LTD, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announced that its ACCESS NetFrontTM Browser NX 3.0 has been integrated with STMicroelectronics’ new-generation set-top box platforms, STiH207 and STiH416 (”Orly”).
“With the increasing importance of HTML5 browser performance for new-generation set-top boxes, the availability of the NetFrontTM Browser NX HTML5 platform on our set-top box devices provides the market with an industry-proven powerful browser engine,” says André-louis Bertrand, Strategic Marketing Director, Unified Platform Division, STMicroelectronics.
NetFrontTM Browser NX 3.0 will be commercially available first with the STiH207-based system-on-chip (SoC) family, which incorporates an enhanced processing engine with integrated on-chip features that simplify set-top-box design, enable operators to take advantage of lower-cost memories, and meet the latest low-power objectives.
NetFront Browser NX 3.0 is also being ported to the advanced STiH416 SoC platform, which supports a full multimedia ecosystem and top performance enabling operators to offer the widest possible variety of innovative and value-added services to their subscribers.
“It’s good to see STMicroelectronics, one of the world’s largest manufacturer of set-top box chip manufacturers, welcome the integration of our WebKit-based browser with its new-generation set-top platforms,” said Kunihiro Ishiguro, CTO, ACCESS. “WebKit provides core browsing functionality that we extend and improve to provide video operators with the best possible HTML5 browser, a mission critical component now that HTML5 has become the standard development platform for advanced new-generation TV and video offerings.
NetFrontTM Browser NX is a TV-Centric enhanced WebKit browser supporting and utilizing the latest HTML5 technologies to provide a TV UI engine that delivers the greatly enriched user experiences, including 3D graphics and animations, which operators are asking for.
NetFrontTM Browser NX DTV Profile supports CE-HTML and has been also expanded to support a wide range of digital TV broadcasting and interactive TV standards, including HbbTV, BBC iPlayer v3, and the Japanese VOD Networked Digital Television specifications. NetFront Browser NX DTV Profile makes it possible for digital TV, set-top-box and device manufacturers as well as service providers to quickly bring to the market high value-added devices and services enabling delivery of diverse HTML5 content and applications such as portals, email, chat, games as well as full internet browsing capabilities.
ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global provider of advanced software solutions and services that enable operators, device manufacturers, content owners and consumers to make the most of today’s multi-screen, connected world. It provides software for mobiles, smartphones and tablets, connected TVs and set-top boxes in the connected home, automotive, digital publishing and networking markets. ACCESS solutions have shipped in over one billion devices around the world. Its product portfolio includes the NetFront™ Software Series and the ZebOS® network platform, providing customers faster time-to-market, flexibility and customizability; the ACCESSTM Digital Publishing Ecosystem for cloud-based, cross-platform digital publishing and the NetAd mobile advertising platform. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Mothers’ Index, 4813) and operates subsidiaries and affiliates in Asia, Europe and the United States. Learn more about ACCESS at www.access-company.com.