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TMCNet:  ACCESS Launches NetFront Browser BE, Leveraging Chromium Blink Engine to Provide Industry's Widest Choice of HTML5 Solutions

[September 03, 2014]

ACCESS Launches NetFront Browser BE, Leveraging Chromium Blink Engine to Provide Industry's Widest Choice of HTML5 Solutions

SUNNYVALE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

ACCESS CO., LTD, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, announces the launch of NetFrontTM Browser BE, built on the Chromium Blink browser engine. NetFront Browser BE extends the NetFront Browser family, which already includes the award winning WebKit-based NetFront Browser NX and super-small footprint NetFront Browser 4, giving ACCESS a unique position in the worldwide browser market.

"Through our experience of providing broadcast-centric browsers for CE device manufacturers, we are very aware that it's critical to provide best-in class browsers for all markets," said Kunihiro Ishiguro, CTO, ACCESS. "With NetFront Browser BE, ACCESS provides robust browsers for all categories of set-top boxes, from legacy, small footprint platforms through mid-range Linux solutions and high-end environments such as Android (News - Alert) with multi-core CPUs (central processing units) and graphics acceleration. The new NetFront Browser BE expands our NetFront Browser family to prepare for the next stage of multiscreen and enables operators to develop advanced UI/UX for broadcast optimized solutions in every market."

NetFront Browser BE includes the following features:

  • Multi-process architecture, ideal for multi-core SoCs
  • Supports hardware GPU (graphics processing unit) acceleration ready for operator 4K UIs
  • Support for Broadcom (News - Alert) System on Chip (SoC) reference platforms
  • No reliance on specific widget sets or UI components giving OEMs the maximum flexibility
  • Support for the DLNA media sharing standard through the ACCESS Home Networking Shared Object (HNSO) plugin
  • Support for standard TV remote control interaction
  • Enhanced memory management for embeddd systems
  • Open HTML5 application platforms ("app stores") approach for maximum operator choice
  • SDK approach enables manufacturers and operators to quickly build and support a wide variety of new applications as well as more easily interoperate with existing infrastructure and systems.

NetFront Browser BE is an advanced HTML5 browser featuring high stability on embedded platforms. NetFront Browser BE is an ideal solution for operators looking to deploy new generation hardware platforms and support the latest HTML5 standards on high performance DTVs, set-top boxes, game consoles and automotive infotainment systems.

NetFront Browser BE leverages the ACCESS experience deployed in over 1 billion units worldwide, and includes support for access to GPU accelerated functions, standardized APIs such as OpenGL-ES and GPU accelerated functions as well as software engines. NetFront Browser BE can also be utilized within operator environments requiring HTML5 Remote User Interface (RUI) or CVP-2 capabilities.

The NetFront Browser series provides the ultimate embedded browser choice across legacy and new hardware platforms via a family of browser solutions, ensuring outstanding Internet viewing experiences, world leading rendering speed, HTML5 compliance and optimized memory-usage. It is pre-installed in a wide variety of devices including TVs, gaming devices and in-vehicle infotainment systems. The browser series supports the latest global broadcasting and communications standards, such as HbbTV, Hybridcast, BML and Ginga, and continues to evolve to offer higher performance and even easier device integration.

About ACCESS

ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global provider of advanced software solutions and services that enable operators, device manufacturers, content owners and consumers to make the most of today's multi-screen, connected world. It provides software for mobiles, smartphones and tablets, connected TVs and set-top boxes in the connected home, automotive, digital publishing and networking markets. ACCESS solutions have shipped in over one billion devices around the world. Its product portfolio includes the NetFront™ Software Series and the ZebOS® network platform, providing customers faster time-to-market, flexibility and customizability; the PUBLUSTM for cloud-based, cross-platform digital publishing; and the NetAd mobile advertising platform. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Mothers' Index, 4813) and operates subsidiaries and affiliates in Asia, Europe and the United States. Learn more about ACCESS at www.access-company.com.

© 2014 ACCESS CO., LTD. All rights reserved.

ACCESS, the ACCESS logo, and NetFront are registered trademarks or trademarks of ACCESS CO., LTD. in the United States, Japan and/or other countries. ZebOS is the registered trademark and services mark of IP Infusion Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. DLNA is a registered trademark and DLNA Certified is a trademark of the Digital Living Network Alliance. Digital Living Network Alliance is a service mark of the Digital Living Network Alliance. The registered trademark LINUX is used pursuant to a sublicense of Linus Torvalds, owner of the mark on a worldwide basis. Hybridcast is a trademark of NHK Engineering Services, Inc. All other trademarks, logos and trade names mentioned in the document are the property of their respective owners.


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