German software company TUXIA has been selected by Intel to adapt the TASTE (TUXIA Appliance Synthesis Technology) embedded Linux software suite for a new consumer media gateway platform now being developed. TUXIA will develop a version of TASTE optimised for the new consumer media gateway platform while Intel will bundle TASTE with the new product. The TASTE framework will be ported to Intel's new product features including TUXIA's Nanozilla browser, Macromedia Flash 5.0, RealPlayer 8, Java applet support, MPEG decoding, DVD playback capability, PVR functionality, picture-in-picture support, alpha-blending and MP3 playback capability.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.