SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. here today announced the availability of an advanced set-top box reference platform based on its x86-compatible microprocessor.
The Geode SP1SC10 is a reference platform that enables OEMs to develop a set-top box, which features interactive TV broadcast services, Internet browsing, e-mail services, time-delay recording, multimedia gateway, video-on-demand, and streaming video.
The kit includes National's SC1200 Geode processor, a 10/100-megabit-per-second Ethernet controller, an IEEE-1394 controller with two ports, and an AC-97 codec. It also includes a SmartCard interface, a V.90 modem, and two PCI expansion slots. The platform supports various operating systems from Microsoft, Liberate, and WindRiver.
The SP1SC10 is priced at $2,000 and includes a sample platform and software. The Geode SC1200 processor is priced below $50 for quantities of 10,000 units.