TV & Chips From Intel With An EPG On The Top

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In the same way that they put wireless on a chip processor Intel is set to put TV in a chip coplete with a linked Yahoo EPG type service that will deliver program information to a screen.

In the same way that they put wireless on a chip processor Intel is set to put TV in a chip coplete with a linked Yahoo EPG type service that will deliver program information to a screen.

Intel aims to combine the Internet and television with its new CE3100 processor and in a move to deliver EPG type content Intel has cut a deal with Yahoo to use its software to create a Widget Channel to drive Web applications to x86-based “YTVs.”

According to EE Times Asia who originally broke this story the move marks a significant step in leveraging Intel’s SoC design direction into a major new market for the microprocessor company. The quality of Intel’s work in audio/video silicon is one of several proof points the company will need to establish.  “This is the first CE-optimized system-on-chip to use the Intel architecture,” said Eric Kim, general manager of Intel’s digital home group and a former Samsung executive.

Kim promised a roadmap of parts needed for the effort and to extend the new processor’s reach into other consumer devices. The list includes chips with Atom-based cores expected to arrive in 2009. A broad range of developers expressed support for the chip, code-named “Canmore.” Samsung said it will use the chips in multiple systems. Executives from Sony, Toshiba and other companies also expressed support.

Kim brought several TV execs on stage during his keynote address here. Tony Werner, chief technology officer from Comcast, said the Widget Channel could complement the cable industry’s current work on its own interactive services called Tru2Way, which is ramping up this year.

For more on this story see EE TIME Asia

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