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Linux-based “triple play” gateways gain web browser

May 10, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 5 views

Tilgin (formerly i3 Micro) has added the Opera web browser to two of its Linux-based set-top boxes, Opera reports. Opera 9 for Devices will allow Tilgin customers to create user interfaces based on Web standards, in addition to letting end-users browse the Web on their TVs.

Moodbox 300
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Mood 400
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The two Tilgin IP-STBs (Internet protocol set-top boxes) to gain the Opera browser include the Mood 400, a relatively new product, and the Mood 300, a mature, third-generation product released in 2004 and deployed by several European iDTV networks.

Tilgin's new Mood 400 features an HDMI interface and high-definition MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 decoding at resolutions up to 1080i. It runs Linux on an STMicroelectronics STB7109 processor clocked at 266MHz, while two 400MHz ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) handle media processing. A 160GB hard drive enables DVR (digital video recording) capabilities.

Opera's Opera 9 for Devices features support for “Widgets,” standalone user-interface elements that are rendered without the browser's toolbars and other “chrome.” Widgets allow for easy device customization using web standards, Opera says. Opera 9 also supports AJAX (asynchronous javascript and XML).

Jan Werne, Tilgin CEO, stated, “Opera adds fully interactive Web content and browsing, which allows our customers to offer innovative content and services.”


The Mood 300 and Mood 400 are available now to carriers and network operators. They are provided with a “Mood Development Kit” aimed at helping users easily customize them.

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