One of the great new features in Windows 7 for us connected home types is the addition of Play To that allows users to target which network devices they would like to serve streaming media content to from their PC. As such, WonderMedia has designed their SoC PRIZM platform to leverage this technology along with DLNA / UPnP standards. But if that wasn’t enough, WonderMedia has also made the SmartFrame capable of streaming Internet radio, tapping into web services, pulling RSS feeds, checking email, playing video, and even web browsing all on its own. While the SmartFrame shown in the image above is a reference design from the company, WonderMedia plans to license the technology to OEMs so they can produce both SmartFrame and SmartPlayer (TV digital media adapter) devices. [via]
WONDERMEDIA SMARTFRAME FIRST DIGITAL PHOTO FRAME TO EARN “COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS 7” LOGO
WonderMedia customers can confidently prepare exciting new SmartFrame-based devices able to leverage a collection of Windows 7 features designed to improve the user experience
Taipei, Taiwan, 5 July 2009 – WonderMedia Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of feature-rich system-on-chip platforms, today announced that the WonderMedia SmartFrame Reference Design Kit (RDK) is the first Digital Photo Frame (DPF) Digital Media Renderer (DMR) to pass the “Compatible with Windows 7” logo program from Microsoft Corp.
Based on the WonderMedia PRIZM platform and controlled either through a touch interface or via PC, the WonderMedia SmartFrame is an Internet-enabled DPF that enhances the digital home environment by providing access not only to photos stored on local hard drives or online, but also email, games, video, news, documents and a whole host of web services.
DMRs developed around the WonderMedia SmartFrame RDK are able to connect to Windows 7-based PCs by using UPnP and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standards. With the PC acting as the controller, new Windows 7 features, such as the Windows Media Player Play To feature, make sharing media with networked devices truly user-friendly.
Qualifying for the “Compatible with Windows 7” logo program ensures that WonderMedia customers are able to reduce the time-to-market of a range of instant-on, Internet-centric electronic devices built around a platform with support for features that take advantage of the latest Windows 7 innovations, guaranteeing a reliable and trouble-free experience with the new operating system.
“We are delighted to be the first company to have a DPF DMR device certified as compatible with Microsoft’s much-anticipated Windows 7,” said Tzumu Lin, CEO of WonderMedia Technologies, Inc. “The WonderMedia SmartFrame RDK offers proven and certified building blocks for Windows 7-based devices, allowing end-users to enjoy the full Windows 7 experience and optimal system performance.”
About the WonderMedia PRIZM Platform
The WonderMedia SmartFrame RDK is powered by the WonderMedia PRIZM platform – a leading-edge SoC technology that integrates a high performance ARM processor, programmable DSP core, and video decoding and processing hardware together with essential memory, networking and peripheral controllers.
Other WonderMedia PRIZM-based Networked Media Devices (NMDs) include the SmartPlayer, which takes content from a variety of sources such as websites, memory cards, content stored on DLNA-enabled digital media servers and USB storage devices, and displays it on a living room or bedroom TV, and the SmartTouch, which extends the functionality of the familiar DPF design to allow the display of pictures from a camera, movie playback, use of VoIP technology and constant access to web content like news, weather, podcasts, social networking applications and more, all at the touch of a finger.
More information on WonderMedia Smart designs and the WonderMedia PRIZM platform can be found at: www.wondermedia.com.tw
About WonderMedia Technologies, Inc.
WonderMedia is a leading fabless SoC company that develops sophisticated, feature-rich solutions for today’s fast-emerging networked multimedia applications. With advanced audio, video, networking and connectivity technologies, the highly power-efficient WonderMedia PRIZM platform enables innovative and compact web-centric devices for the converging cloud computing, communications and content environment.
Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, with strong support teams in Shenzhen, Beijing and Silicon Valley, WonderMedia’s business strategy builds on its rich experience in technology and open-system platform development to help its customers build innovative, unique and affordable multimedia systems. www.wondermedia.com.tw
Tags: Windows 7, WonderMedia, WonderMedia PRIZM, WonderMedia SmartFrame, WonderMedia SmartPlayer
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