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ANT browser to power Internet appliances

Sun, 04/08/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

In a deluge of announcements, ANT Ltd. has released its embedded browser software for Internet appliances, licensed it to a customer and will demonstrate the product in a variety of appliances at the Embedded Systems Conference West in San Francisco.

The ANT Fresco browser includes HTML 4.01, JavaScript 1.3, CSS1, IME and Unicode, features that allow the browser access to the majority of Web sites on the Internet. It's targeted to OEMs who require functionality and direct, real-world content access for set-top boxes, home entertainment systems, PDAs and in-vehicle information systems, ANT reports.

ANT also says Fresco was designed specifically for Internet appliances and consumer electronics.

On that note, it also licensed the browser to OpenGlobe Inc., which just announced partnerships with Compaq, Kenwood and Thomson Multimedia to develop home entertainment products based on OpenGlobe's technology. Fresco will be the browser.

Finally, ANT will hold at least five demonstrations in its booth at the Embedded Systems conference, showing its software in a variety of retail products and reference ports.

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