Opera Software today announced that IntAct, an Amino Technologies public limited company, will now sub-license Opera’s Web browser technology as a part of its software stack. This pre-integration will enable IntAct-licensed set-top box (STB) manufacturers and operators to integrate the Opera browser into their products more rapidly and efficiently, cutting time-to-market and reducing cost.
As part of this sub-licensing agreement, IntAct will offer Opera-specific IP STB Software Development Kits (SDKs), allowing the Interactive TV development community to write a number of Interactive TV applications that leverage the benefits of the IntAct software stack with the Opera browser.
IntAct’s software stack is already pre-integrated with the most popular middleware, conditional access and VOD servers, enabling a substantial reduction in time-to-market for OEMs, silicon providers, and network operators.
“Sublicensing Opera’s Web browser technology means that customers can purchase a software stack that already contains the browser software along with a powerful tool which will allow them to integrate it easily with their customized UIs,” says Karthik Ranjan, VP Sales and Marketing for IntAct. “Buyers can be confident that they are purchasing a proven solution; Opera’s API has already been used to port Opera to millions of devices.”
Opera’s API is a feature-rich, high performance interface that allows developers to integrate Opera with their customized user interfaces and graphical toolkits.
“The combination of Opera and IntAct enables operators and set-top boxes manufacturers to deliver the most compelling end-user solutions to market more rapidly,” commented Scott Hedrick, EVP Opera Software. “The IntAct solution including Opera provides an integrated software package enabling IPTV enhanced with full Web surfing and high performance Web application support.”
Opera offers full web browsing and is a powerful execution environment for AJAX, Web applications and dynamic user interfaces. Additionally, Opera features its Extensible Rendering Architecture (ERA) to adjust Web content to suit any screen size and spatial navigation with any input device to easily navigate Web pages.
IntAct is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amino Technologies plc, and was established as a spin-off company in early 2006. IntAct licenses hardware designs and the IntAct(TM) IPTV software stack to operators, OEMs and semiconductor manufacturers, enabling them to supply IPTV set-top boxes and gateways for large scale deployments.
IntAct is one of the most widely deployed client software and management solutions for IPTV present in over 50 countries worldwide, with approximately 700,000 IntAct-enabled set-top boxes used by more than 500 companies in commercial deployments and trials.
About IntAct’s software stack
- Highly portable and can run across multiple STBs based on different CPU architectures (PowerPC, MIPS, ARM, x86, SHx, etc.)
- Supplied with the ability to remotely manage & control a variety of IP STBs on the network regardless of manufacturer.
- Flexible and allows operators to use either off the shelf User Interface Applications or develop their own UI through a variety of SDKs.
About Opera for Devices
Opera provides an optimized implementation of Internet technologies for handheld devices, digital TV and other devices, with innovative and powerful features that seamlessly adapt the Internet experience to suit varying screen sizes and input devices. In addition to being a full Internet browser, Opera is a high performance execution environment for Web applications and dynamic user interfaces based on interoperable open Web technologies such as AJAX.
About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross- platform Web browser technology is renowned for its small size, performance and standards-compliance, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA.