Alpha Networks Selects Opera Devices SDK for HD IP Set-top Box

Opera Software announced that Alpha Networks Inc.(spin-off of the OEM/ODM business unit of D-Link Corp.), a global leader in the networking industry, selected Opera Devices SDK to deliver the Internet to its new high-definition IP set-top boxes, the AST series. Alpha Networks replaced its previous browser technology with the Opera Devices SDK in order to bring a superior Web experience to users of the AST series.

As one of the largest networked device manufacturers in Taiwan, Alpha Networks specializes in innovative solutions for the digital home. Opera Devices SDK has been fine-tuned for TV, resulting in a speedy surfing session that remains rich in features. Opera Devices SDK is based on the same core as Opera Desktop and delivers the full Web, as well as easy navigation and intuitive formatting for TVs.

“More and more people are discovering the ease of surfing the full Web from their TVs. It just makes sense,” said James Wei, Senior Vice President Asia, Opera Software. “Not just anybody can deliver a browser technology that is optimized for this type of platform and, our customers do not sacrifice quality when transitioning from Opera on their computers to Opera on their flat screens.”

Full-fledged Internet browsing on set-top boxes has become increasingly important for Alpha Networks customers, including operators and service providers. With Opera, the AST series will open the door to must-have sites such as Google and Amazon, from the convenience of the TV screen. Opera Devices SDK is currently used by many industry innovators including Amino, Pirelli and Tilgin.

“We required a browser that would take Alpha Networks to the next level, rather than simply remaining a standard set-top box of today,” said Tim Kang, CTO, Alpha Networks Inc. “Opera enhanced our product by upgrading the Web experience to a level that will exceed customer expectations. Opera ensures that we give our customers the full Internet in an easy-to-use format without sacrificing quality or standards.”

Alpha Networks Inc.,a global leader in the networking OEM/ODM industry, is a premier outsourcing partner of brand-name networking companies, integrators, telecommunications firms and service providers from around the world. The company designs and manufactures high-quality, cost-effective networking solutions that reflect present and future customer needs. Its diverse portfolio of off-the-shelf and custom solutions leverage the full potential of current and next generation technologies, including: LAN/WAN/MAN, Broadband, VoIP, Wireless, Digital Home, and IP Camera. Headquartered in Taiwan’s Hsinchu Science-Based Industrial Park, Alpha Networks’ global presence includes over 6,000 employees and five R&D centers.

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 performance, standards compliance and small size, 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.