Ocean Blue Releases News DVB Software for Multi-processor Digital TV Receivers

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
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BRISTOL, UK — Ocean Blue Software, a world-leading digital TV software developer, has released a new version of its Sunrise DVB software to support multi-core CPUs and multi-tasking. The move comes as processing power built into TVs and PVRs reaches new levels, and will allow manufacturers to take full advantage of the power; offering faster, richer user interfaces.

The enhancement means Sunrise DVB is now capable of working as either the core of the system or as a plug-in module to a more complex, bus driven architecture, where there may be multiple presentation engines and other processes running alongside the DVB Core.

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Figure 1: Example of a Multi-Process Architecture

The new generation of Sunrise DVB software is in line with the expectations of next generation products, Ocean Blue has added the ability to link external graphic environments to Sunrise, to generate the User Interface. This means developers can replace the native UI with an interface built in QT, CSS3 or Adobe Flash, generating a richer user experience.

The development is key to embracing the hybrid market (driven by solutions such as Android, Google TV and YouView) where the primary focus is on IP technology, but the requirement for a stable and mature broadcast solution is essential.

“The next generation of digital TVs and PVRs will incorporate multiple core CPUs and more video processing power than a PC of just five years ago,” commented Ken Helps, CEO of Ocean Blue Software. “The software has to be capable of harnessing the multi-process capabilities of the hardware, especially with internet connected TV devices, and we are pleased to introduce the latest version of Sunrise DVB software to meet those needs.”