Three broadband vendors plan to launch Triarc Content Labs to independently develop, test and integrate Linux-based content and applications on Motorola Broadband's DCT-5000 line of set-tops.
The trio aims to speed time-to-market of new and interactive services using a Linux environment. The lab–brainchild of Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector, Metrowerks and Lineo–is slated for a mid-2002 launch.
A Motorola spokeswoman would not disclose financial terms, adding that details regarding location, workforce and any requirements to use the labs are still being finalized.
Under the deal, Lineo will supply the Lineo Embedix digital media core, an embedded Linux platform for set-tops designed to foster advanced interactive digital content. Metrowerks will supply CodeWarrior development tools, generally used in the wireless and consumer products sectors for application and content creation.
Motorola will pitch in DCT-5000 set-tops running the Embedix platform, and will supply consultation in interactive digital cable technology, systems integration and deployment. Linux is one operating system option available on Motorola's DCT-5000 product roadmap. Other OS options include VRTX or Microsoft's WinCE.
Triarc was created following last year's formation of the TV Linux Alliance, of which Motorola and Lineo are founding members.