Broadcom integrates chumby’s platform into DTV, STB SoC solutions

Mon, 02/23/2009 - 7:15am
Traci Patterson

Broadcom Corp. has integrated chumby’s rich media Internet platform into its latest digital TV, set-top box and Blu-ray Disc system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, enabling the company to deliver personalized user experiences to Internet-connected TVs.

The collaboration will enable users to access chumby’s library of interactive Internet content, giving users the ability to view customized channels of streaming Internet and personal digital content and delivering an enhanced interactive experience across multiple connected screens in the home.

The combined solution supports interactive multimedia widgets and Internet-based audio selections from online providers, media brands and the worldwide community of chumby developers. Broadcom and chumby also are enabling social connections across devices such as digital TVs and STBs that are supported by Broadcom solutions, which will enable users to share content, photos, video clips and games, or to messages with friends and family who own any chumby-powered device.

As a result of this collaboration, consumer electronics manufacturers will be able to deploy chumby platform support on Internet-connected TVs, set-top boxes and Blu-ray Disc players without additional cost, external components or PC hardware. And chumby’s open source, Linux-based platform and "cloud-based" content network with graphics can scale to any screen size.

"We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with chumby as Internet-connected consumer devices herald the convergence of traditional PC-based Internet content with the comfort and convenience of living room viewing, positioning the connected TV as the information and entertainment hub of the digital home," said Dan Marotta, senior vice president and general manager for Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group.

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