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Opera sings its way onto Broadcom's set-top boxes

SDK 2.9 is up and running
Thu Jan 27 2011, 10:29

ALTERNATIVE WEB BROWSER OUTFIT Opera has announced that its newly released Opera Devices SDK 2.9 will have out-of-the-box support on Broadcom's BCM7420 set-top box.

Opera's latest browser has been integrated with Broadcom's set-top box API, which provides a common Opera porting environment across cable, satellite and IP set-top boxes.

These devices include Broadcom's current generation products, such as the BCM7400, BCM7405 and BCM7335 as well as its next-generation 40nm devices, such as the BCM7231 and BCM7425.

Opera Devices SDK 2.9 gives better support for HTML5, including Application Cache, Web Workers and Web Storage, as well as OPIF and HbbTV compatibility.

It uses the latest Carakan JavaScript engine and Opera's embedded TV user interface to access long-tail content and bring the world wide web into punters' living rooms.

Opera's chief development officer, Christen Krogh said that Opera had integrated its technology and deployed it on Broadcom chipsets for many years.

He said that in addition to the common set-top box API, the SDK uses Broadcom's DirectFB graphics porting layers to run smooth page animations and effects using 2D and 3D graphics engines. µ


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