Microsoft designs Blackfin into set-top
The Blackfin processor manages the Windows Media audio/video decode processing in the new Microsoft Windows Media centre Extender set-top products.
Following Bill Gates' first public demonstration of Microsoft Windows Media centre Extender Technology - a powerful media adapter that will enable consumers to access their favourite digital entertainment that resides on their Windows XP Media centre Edition PC, from any room in the home regardless of where the PC is located - Analog Devices has revealed that its Blackfin processor manages the Windows Media audio/video decode processing in the new Media centre Extender set-top products Having been selected by Microsoft, ADI's Blackfin processor is part of the standard design that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) will use to bring Windows Media centre Extender Technology to market in hardware designs that include set-top boxes and Media centre-ready televisions
As part of Windows Media centre Extender Technology, ADI's Blackfin processor processes high-quality streams of Windows Media Video and Audio 9 Series content.
The software-programmable Blackfin microarchitecture delivers the media-processing performance, multiformat flexibility, fast time to market, and consumer price point necessary to support Microsoft's vision of