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Freescale, Axentra team up to deliver "anywhere, anytime" access

Posted: 25 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale? Axentra? Digital Home Center platform? HipServ? MPC8349E mITX?

Freescale Semiconductor and Axentra announced its collaboration on a comprehensive reference platform for residential gateways and home media servers that promises to make "anywhere, anytime" access for consumers a reality.

The new Digital Home Center platform combines HipServ software from Axentra and the MPC8349E mITX reference board, containing a PowerPC core, from Freescale.

The two companies are partnering on the platform to address the growing market for customer premises equipment (CPE) with remote access capabilities and home-based content management. According to the press release, this emerging class of CPE products makes it easy for consumers to access digital content from networked equipment in any room in the house, or remotely from any location in the world from one simple user interface.

According to iSuppli research, there are more than 45 million installed home networks worldwide today, and this number is forecast to exceed 120 million by 2009. More than 60 million of these home networks will be media-enabled, fueling the demand for "anywhere, anytime" access to content in the digital home.

"The Digital Home Center reference platform targets a new breed of home consumer: the digital content enthusiast who wants to access, manage, back-up and share a wealth of files from any location, and HipServ is designed to do that very well," said Lynelle McKay, vice president and general manager of Freescale's dDigital systems division. "Many leading CPE manufacturers and service providers are anticipating this remote-access and content-sharing trend and are seeking leading-edge platform solutions like ours to streamline development of digital home center products."

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