SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Philips Semiconductors has licensed software from Zayante Inc. that will enable it to offer a complete, integrated solution of 1394-standard hardware and software components, the company said here today.
As the distinctions between computer and consumer electronic markets blur, 1394 interconnectivity maximizes computer applications that move large volumes of data between computers and peripherals, such as the digital, audio, and visual transfer between computers and digital camcorders. Zayante's TNF (Thirteen Ninety-Four) software addresses all five levels of interoperability required by 1394 technology.
"We are pleased that Philips licensed Zayante's TNF software after their detailed analysis of competitive products on the market," said James Navarro, CEO of Zayante, based in Scotts Valley, Calif. "It is a clear endorsement of the value of our architecture."
"By partnering with Zayante, Philips Semiconductors furthers its commitment to the home networking market," said Tom Barber, international product marketing manager for interconnectivity at Philips Semiconductors in Sunnyvale. "We not only provide the best and most complete 1394 technology available today, we also offer one-stop shopping for a 1394 solution, and greatly enhance the developer's time to market."
Philips Semiconductors' 1394 solution is able to configure products withthe protocols that suit the needs of the device. Engineers also have the freedom to
select the processor and operating system that meets the requirements of the
Written in ANSI "C" and designed for embedded systems, the Philips
Semiconductors' communications driver and protocol stack will be ported
soon to all major real-time operating systems (RTOS). The first home networking protocol to be supported will be the AV/C protocol, used in camcorders and other audio/video devices.
Philips Semiconductors' solution will soon support all protocols that connect computers and consumer electronics products, such as mass storage devices; printers and networking connectivity. The Philips Semiconductors 1394 solution will also support a content-protection standard for protecting digital content between devices linked using the 1394 digital interface.
The 1394 solution with AV/C running on the stack will be available for
evaluation and demonstrations in the fourth quarter, with the complete roll-out targeted
for the first quarter of 2000. The Philips Semiconductors 1394 solution starts at $150,000.
Additional protocols, as well as content protection, will be available on
the stack through 2000.