Jungo Ltd., a leading provider of USB software connectivity solutions, introduced the launch of its MediaCore(TM) Automotive Middleware solution for in-car infotainment systems. MediaCore leverages Jungo’s advanced USBware(TM) protocol stack to facilitate industry-compliant connectivity with any USB device. It also provides infotainment system manufacturers with all of the components necessary to index, control, synchronise and stream audio, video and images from personal media players, USB mobile storage, smartphones, and cameras to in-car systems.
Enabling end-to-end connectivity, MediaCore unifies access to any media source that utilizes USB network transports. This includes devices such as Apple iPod, MP3/MP4 players, flash drives, local hard disks, CD/DVDs and mobile phones. With Jungo’s MediaCore, all connected media sources are filtered through a media gateway and are controlled via an intuitive, unified API. This eliminates the complexity of direct protocol implementations and enables a single application to control and access all media sources. Native support for advanced media protocols (such as MTP and Apple iPod) is enabled through Jungo’s media API reduction technology which allows applications to select and play songs using only three function calls.
The MediaCore architecture includes easy-to-use hardware- and software-agnostic middleware that eliminates the need for complex in-house platform development. Its software design enables seamless porting to any environment and re-use of the foundation software blocks across multiple platforms. Off-the-shelf support for MediaCore is available for leading OS and processor platforms including QNX, Win CE, Linux, (MU)itron, VxWorks, VDK, Renesas, Freescale, Analog Devices and TI.
“As multimedia devices proliferate in the consumer market, in-car infotainment system manufacturers are competing to maintain native support through their platforms,” said Ophir Herbst, Vice President and General Manager of Jungo’s Connectivity Software Division. “MediaCore is a perfect solution because it provides unified middleware that enables them to keep pace with device support requirements. This shortens their product development cycle and enhances market success and bottom-line profitability,” he said.
“Car buyers increasingly want device connectivity and media support to bring their rich media content — already ubiquitous in the home and office — to the in-car experience,” said Mark Fitzgerald, Senior Analyst in the Global Automotive Group at leading global research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics. He continued: “Jungo’s MediaCore solution provides in-car infotainment system manufacturers with an end-to-end framework for developing elegant, feature-rich systems using unified APIs, enabling consumers to enjoy access to content on their favorite devices.”
Evaluation boards with MediaCore software are available from Jungo for qualified infotainment system manufacturers.
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Jungo Ltd., an NDS Group company, is a provider of broadband home value-added service solutions. Jungo’s flagship products, OpenRG[tm] (residential gateway software platform) and OpenSMB[tm] (small and medium business gateway software platform) enable broadband operators to deliver managed revenue-generating services to the digital home. Jungo also offers a variety of connectivity software solutions for USB and PCI. These include WinDriver[tm] , a driver development toolkit that enables developers to create custom device drivers that can run on a multitude of operating systems without modification. DriverCore[tm] offers standard USB drivers, allowing device manufacturers to expose a variety of native communication interfaces via USB to different operating systems and platforms. USBware[tm] is a complete, high quality and small footprint embedded USB software protocol stack, allowing device manufacturers to incorporate standard USB connectivity easily in their designs. MediaCore[tm] enables automotive infotainment systems manufacturers to integrate a complete hardware and media access, control and streaming infrastructure into their products.
NDS Group Ltd. creates the technologies and applications that enable pay-TV operators to securely deliver digital content to TV STBs (set-top boxes), DVRs (digital video recorders), PCs, mobiles and other multimedia devices. Over 70 of the world’s leading pay-TV platforms rely on NDS solutions to protect and enhance their businesses. VideoGuard® is the world’s market-leading conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) technology, currently deployed on 104 million active devices, and safeguarding pay-TV service revenues exceeding $40 billion. NDS middleware, including MediaHighway® which enables a host of advanced services for subscribers, has been deployed on 115 million devices. NDS DVR technology, centred around XTV[tm] , leads the global industry with 19 million units deployed. (Deployment figures as of 31st March 2009). Headquartered in the UK, NDS remains committed to investing in R&D with over 75% of its employees dedicated to pioneering work at development centres in China, Denmark, France, India, Israel, Korea, UK and US. NDS has also implemented a host of initiatives aimed at reducing its carbon footprint and helping digital TV subscribers reduce energy consumption.