BANGALORE, India Epigon Media Technologies Pvt. Ltd. has readied a portable streaming media player platform and is in licensing talks with OEM in China and Taiwan, according to company executives.
The platform, dubbed "Verus," is expected to be the object of at least a half dozen licensing deals, with or without optional features such as add-on modules, according to executives.
"We think the most important feature such a player needs is Wi-Fi connectivity, and so have an on-board Wi-Fi based on silicon from NXP [Semiconductors], so that users do not need to connect to a computer via Ethernet or a USB to download," said Jayakumar Singaram, Epigon chief technology officer. "That Microsoft plans a portable media player with Wi-Fi capability indicates how vital this feature is,"
Based on the ADI DSP 561, Verus has a 4.3-inch wide TFT display with backlit, touch panel control and menu-driven graphical user interface. It features PC connectivity through USB 2.0 device and LAN.
Functions include slide shows, file browser, create, copy, move, delete, pause, forward and back, a built-in stereo speaker, headphone stereo and line out, a FAT 16/32 file system, rechargeable lithium-ion 2400mAh battery with built-in charge and gauge circuit with charging through USB.
A four-directional joystick with enter, start, back, power on, reset key, backlit on/off, removable storage CF card with optional micro drive insertion, DC power, AC-DC adaptor, DC 5v, 2.5a with a media content resize host application to convert and create movie libraries.
"It gives you MPEG2 movie quality up to 10 mbps, music and still images and we have developed the software ourselves. Software upgrades can be made from our website," according to Singaram.
Singaram said the programmable platform does not need an ASIC for video acceleration, making the design futuristic
"These days, service providers ideally like to have their own data format, and so a single ASIC may not perform or render all kinds of audio/video data," Singaram said. "The 60 frames per second capability makes for flicker-free viewing and these kinds of functions give us the confidence we will close many licensing deals for which talks are on. An engineering derivative of this platform with a smaller form factor is already ready."
Epigon, based here, had earlier designed and exclusively sold the design to Music Gremlin, a U.S. firm that sells the Wi-Fi based digital audio player based on the Intel PXA platform, which now retails for about $399.