Ubicom and Broadcom Enable Streaming HD Video on Embedded Android and Linux Platforms


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Ubicom® announced today that its solution for embedded multimedia products integrates a Broadcom® Crystal HD enhanced video accelerator. Video has increasingly stretched beyond the traditional use cases of TVs and computers to become the medium of choice for consumer and connected digital products. The joint solution addresses emerging applications that previously relied on embedded computers to address their specific requirements, and is delivered on Ubicom's IP8500 family of multithreaded processors and the BCM70015 advanced media processor. Ubicom and Broadcom will be demonstrating these solutions at their respective suites at CES 2011.

Target applications include:

-- Internet Appliances, Tabletop multimedia products
-- Ad Display, Hospitality
-- Infotainment for Airline and Automotive markets
-- Video conferencing for consumer and other applications

Ubicom's embedded Android and Linux platforms take advantage of processors built using the multi-threaded UBICOM32(TM) architecture, offering efficiency and flexibility. The software platforms offer a standard open programming model through industry standard distributions and tools. The reference design platforms offer customers quick access to solutions for new and emerging markets through complete system software stacks.

"Broadcom's Crystal HD media processor is uniquely positioned to support the consumer's evolving connected lifestyle by enabling the proliferation of HD video content into a variety of connected media platforms," said Dan Eiref, vice president and general manager of the consumer electronics group at Broadcom. "The Ubicom design extends that reach into emerging products that leverage connectivity, apps and video simultaneously."

Broadcom's BCM70015 Crystal HD advanced media processor offloads all the video processing functions from the applications processor. The media processor decodes all popular formats in HD and SD, thus enabling the support of popular internet streaming video services as well as embedded video content. The hardware decoder guarantees high resolution without frame drops or jitter. Support for encoding will be added shortly, thus enabling video conferencing applications which are starting to emerge as populations become geographically spread out.

"The Ubicom solution with Broadcom's video offload engine extends Android into new embedded areas," said Gangesh Ganesan, president and CEO of Ubicom. "The target markets for this solution are not addressed by smart phones or PCs, but need a rich and flexible embedded platform such as the Ubicom solution."

Availability

The two companies will demonstrate the solution at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. The reference design platforms will be available to customers starting in January 2011.

About Ubicom, Inc.

Ubicom develops networking and multimedia processor solutions that address the unique demands of networking applications and multimedia content delivery in the digital home. The company provides optimized system-level solutions to OEMs for a wide range of products including wireless routers, access points, VoIP gateways, networked DPFs, and streaming media devices. For more information, visit www.ubicom.com.

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CONTACT: Michelle Amaya of Ubicom, Inc., +1-408-433-3330, mamaya@ubicom.com; or Dana Brzozkiewicz of Broadcom, +1-949-926-6367, danabrz@broadcom.com, for Ubicom, Inc.

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