RMI Introduces Home Media Player Application Development Kit

RMI Corporation, a leading provider of high-performance processors for communication and media-rich applications, announced the availability of its Home Media Player® Application Development Kit (ADK) challenging the television and the PC for multimedia consumption in the home. The ADK is an open development system and includes a complete software Board Support Package (BSP) for customers and original design manufacturers (ODMs) targeting media-based applications such as wireless Digital Photo Frames (DPFs), Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), Digital Signage, Information Dashboards and other home networking and consumer devices.

The comprehensive RMI® Alchemy-based[tm] ADK development environment is complemented by ODM partners and applications partners such as FrameMedia, the leader in content and tools for wireless digital picture frames, and CoreCodec, a leading provider of digital media technology. With these technologies included, the HMP ADK provides developers a powerful environment for creating advanced applications quickly.

“RMI is truly changing the way silicon providers work with the development community,” stated Mike Wodopian, vice president and general manager, RMI. “This ADK is the first step in changing the paradigm in the wireless DPF and MID markets. As the open development environment is cultivated, more and more applications and features will be enabled, allowing OEMs to quickly and thoroughly differentiate their solutions.”

Comprehensive Application Development Kit
RMI’s Home Media Player Application Development Kit is the ideal development platform for connected, media-centric devices. The hardware includes a 10.4” high resolution (1024×768) LCD, 2GB of NAND flash, 256MB of DDR2 RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity (through partnership with Atheros®), two USB ports, Ethernet and serial ports, stereo speakers, IR receiver, and a 5-in-1 card reader.

The ADK utilizes the Linux OpenEmbedded environment to create a Board Support Package based on Linux 2.6. It includes a media stack and player from CoreCodec for D1 resolution video playback (MPEG-1/2/4, VC1/WMV, H.264, DivX, XviD), hardware-accelerated DirectFB, GTK+ middleware, a complete toolchain, filesystem, and an example application.

Broad Ecosystem of Partners
RMI’s Partner Alliance has assembled a broad ecosystem of partnerships including ODMs as well as Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) with a range of capabilities and solutions well suited for the HMP and related consumer media markets.

CoreCodec and RMI have partnered to bring the world’s most powerful embedded media player technologies, CorePlayer and CoreUI to the HMP ADK platform. These technologies are included with the platform, allowing third-party developers to add audio, video, and picture support into their applications quickly and efficiently.

“CoreCodec is excited to have our technology included in this offering,” said Dan Marlin, CEO of CoreCodec, Inc. “This ADK raises the bar for digital photo frame and portable media player device capabilities, while significantly reducing OEM time to market.”

FrameMedia has also begun development on the HMP ADK, creating an advanced multi-stream RSS reader with video and audio capabilities for ODMs and OEMs to quickly leverage to enable advanced FrameChannel use cases in wireless digital photo frames and digital signage applications.

“The market RMI is addressing is exciting and we think that our development is a great fit for what users are trying to do,” said Jon Finegold, Co-founder of Frame Media. “We set out working with RMI over a year ago and the advancements that we have seen are unmatched. We look forward to extending this relationship and driving this market together.”

The ADK is immediately available directly from RMI or through its distribution channels for $499.

About Frame Media Inc.
Frame Media is the leading platform provider for content delivery to wireless digital picture frames and connected gadgets. Its flagship product, FrameChannel, can be branded and tightly integrated to work with any Wi-Fi enabled photo frame or connected gadget, transforming these devices into dynamic information appliances. With FrameChannel, a frame owner can program a unique stream of content that is updated dynamically, marrying their own photos with fresh content from a library of hundreds of channels including news, sports, weather, traffic, stock quotes, horoscopes and imagery from leading photographic collections. Frame Media can be reached at info@framemedia.com or 718-235-3006.

About CoreCodec
CoreCodec, Inc. is the leading provider of mobile and embedded media player technologies for general-purpose computing devices. With over 70 million users worldwide, and 1100 supported devices on 8 operating systems, CoreCodec players and technologies power every class of device. From cellular phones to televisions, PDAs to in-car GPS, CoreCodec is at the center of the digital ecosystem.

About RMI
RMI Corporation is a fabless semiconductor company providing High-Performance Super System-on-a-Chip (SuperSoC[tm] ) Processor solutions for the Infrastructure, Enterprise, and Consumer Media markets. Applications include Wireless, Networking Security, Thin Clients, and Connected Multi-Media. RMI offers a broad platform of advanced MIPS-compatible processor solutions with both 32/64-bit architectures supporting frequencies from 300MHz to 1.3GHz. RMI is headquartered in Cupertino, CA with branch and subsidiary operations in Texas, United Kingdom, France, India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China.

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