Taipei, May 30, 2003 – Leadtek Research Inc., (Taiwan: 2465.TW) a Taiwanese manufacturer of high performance video communications solutions, has announced today that it has licensed the ANT Fresco browser from ANT Limited, a leading provider of browser-based content rendering solutions for consumer electronic devices, as an integrated component of its next-generation broadband videophone set top box (STB) unit, BVP 8756, targeted at telcos and ISPs in Asia, Europe and the US. The BVP 8756 will be available for all IP-based networks including Ethernet and DSL. It offers the user the ability to see the person they are talking to and also to be seen. In addition, BVP 8756 will be capable of delivering online services and content to subscribers´homes. A major Italian ISP is lined up as Leadtek's first customer for the new unit, with an expected shipping date of September this year.
Leadtek has included ANT´s browser technology to enable Internet functionality to the STB unit. Telco and ISP customers will be able to provide their own bespoke online services and content to their domestic and commercial broadband subscribers, offering additional revenue streams for the operators. In addition, ANT Fresco´s user interface toolkit will enable service operators to create customized user interface navigation, to reflect their own service branding.
“ANT has developed an excellent reputation in the TV or IP space, with product deployments around the world, and has become the browser of choice for broadband applications,“ said James Yang, Chief Engineer of Leadtek. “We needed a streamlined TV browser that could be cost-effectively and quickly integrated into our videophone product, but without compromising functionality. Also, ANT´s user interface tool kit offers our customers the ability to create their own unique user interface and menu system to deliver branded services and content to their subscribers.“
“It is very exciting for us to be working with Leadtek on such an innovative development,“ said Rhys Grossman, Senior Vice President, Business Development of ANT Limited. “By including ANT Fresco, Leadtek´s unique STB videophone unit presents a very powerful opportunity for broadband service operators to deliver new services and content, alongside videophone and digital television functionality, to their subscribers.“
Connecting to the television set, the new Leadtek videophone STB unit enables users to make and receive video calls. The user-friendly onscreen menu for the videophone and STB functionality can be operated via the telephone touchtone keypad or a remote control handset. The versatile ANT browser software is able to make access to any additional Internet services easy.
This new videophone STB unit will be H.323 compliant, which makes for better compatibility with other video conferencing devices. It will also be interoperable with terminal equipment of Polycom, PictureTel, Sony, and Tandberg; and with networking equipment (MCU, Gateway, or Gatekeeper) of Radvision, Accord, Cisco, etc. The BVP 8756´s built-in PTZ camera will have the capabilities of pan, tilt and zoom, which significantly increases its ease of use. The multi-A/V input and output ports broaden its application as a video conferencing device.
About Leadtek Research Inc.
Founded in 1986, Leadtek Research, Inc. (www.leadtek.com.tw) is a research and development company that specialises in the design and manufacture of a wide range of high performance graphics and video solutions. These products include 3D Graphics, Multimedia, Motherboard, Video Conferencing, Video Surveillance, GPS Navigation and Wireless Communication. Leadtek's continued growth includes the realisation of a vision where a convergence of technologies will lead to the development of a series of products, which will greatly enhance the experience of the user. Leadtek has always been focused on intensive R&D, and its ISO9001 manufacturing facility has been recognized as an industry quality leader. Leadtek´s R&D efforts are channelled towards user satisfaction while at the same time keeping customer profitability in mind. Leadtek is committed to a win-win strategy of identifying and meeting the needs of its users, thereby sharing a mutual success with its customers.
About ANT Limited
ANT Limited (www.antlimited.com) is a leading provider of browser-based content rendering solutions for TV, DVD and other consumer electronic devices. ANT´s solution includes a browser, software architecture and user interface toolkit that enable OEMs, service providers and network operators to provide highly compelling interactive content and services to the consumer. ANT´s software can be integrated quickly into any platform and operating system, and has been implemented into a wide range of interactive TV and digital entertainment devices around the world. Current customers include Thomson multimedia, Pace Micro Technology, Philips Semiconductor, HUMAX and Sagem.
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