MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada -- ATI Technologies Inc. here today unveiled a program that will enable OEMs to develop a low-cost, set-top box based on the company's graphics and related chip products.
ATI's new Technology Access Program (TAP) also includes third-party software and hardware suppliers, which will also help OEMs develop their products. The initial TAP partners are Metro Link Inc. and Bsquare Corp. Metro Link specializes in embedded software applications like Linux and VxWorks, while Bsquare develops programs for Windows CE and Microsoft TV.
Authorized TAP partners are afforded access to ATI's proprietary set-top hardware and software technology, reference software drivers, documentation, training and equipment. In return, the TAP partners provide development expertise to consumer electronics manufacturers creating the next generationof advanced digital cable, satellite, terrestrial, and Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) set-top boxes.
"Every set-top box contains a different combination of CPU, operating system, middleware and front-end, making software development one of the biggest hurdles facing OEMs in their efforts to deploy new consumer devices," said Dan Eiref, director of marketing for the Convergence Products Group at ATI.