ACCESS, ZapperBox, Entropic partner on HDMI dongle

ACCESS, a global provider of advanced software technologies, has integrated its NetFront Living Connect 3.1 media sharing solution with support for DLNA VidiPath onto the Zip-R HDMI stick-based IP client solution from ZapperBox. The Zip-R stick is based on the EN7589 chipset solution from Entropic, an expert in semiconductor solutions for the connected home. This collaboration will enable cable operators to securely and cost-effectively deploy multiroom and multiscreen services to DLNA Certified products.

The solution features ACCESS’s Living Connect 3.1 software, which offers premium video sharing and the NetFron Browser NX running on ZapperBox’s Zip-R stick, which plugs directly into an available HDMI port on a television and is less than 3”x1” in size. The solution is powered by Entropic’s EN7589 dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor with NEON extension for a responsive user experience. ACCESS, ZapperBox and Entropic will demonstrate the solution at CES 2015 in the ACCESS suite at the Bellagio Hotel.

“Our partnerships with ZapperBox and Entropic demonstrate ACCESS’ ongoing commitment to innovative, cost-effective solutions for the cable industry,” said Dr. Neale Foster, COO and VP Global Sales TV, ACCESS Europe. “The integration of NetFront Living Connect 3.1 with the DLNA VidiPath on the innovative ZapperBox Zip-R stick, based on Entropic’s EN7589 SoC, showcases how operators can merge technology, security, and simplicity to meet consumer demand for universal content across all devices.”

“The transition to open standards such as DLNA is shifting software development away from traditional set-top box makers, creating a new ecosystem driven by innovation,” said Mark Samuel, CEO of ZapperBox. “This solution, which combines ACCESS’s DLNA and Browser expertise, Entropic’s EN7589 dual-core ARM-based System on Chip, and our industry-leading HDMI stick form factor, is a prime example of that ecosystem in practice.”

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