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Linux-friendly UPnP server stack DLNA certified

Apr 4, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 37 views

A French company says its UPnP Server middleware stack has been approved by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). Although certified running on a standard PC, Awox's “mediaCTRL” middleware supports eight system-on-chip architectures and a handful of free and commercially supported embedded Linux distributions.

The mediaCTRL middleware enables digital audio and video devices to stream video, music, and photos across home networks, says Awox. The company claims it to be among the first stacks to comply with all of the following DNLA publications:

  • v1.5 Digital Media Server (DMS)
  • Mobile-Digital Media Server (M-DMS)
  • Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines v1

Additionally, the stack complies with the UPNP (Universal Plug and Play) A/V Control Point 1.1 standard, Awox said.

Awox mediaCTRL server stack components

The mediaCTRL stack supports the following SoCs, development modules, and Linux flavors. Note that Awox itself offers hardware reference designs for some architectures.

Processor Reference Board Target OS
TI TMS320DM6446 DVEVM MontaVista Pro 4.0
TI TMS320DM644x Awox SALAI MontaVista Pro 4.0
STM STB710X STB7100REF STLinux 2.2
AMCC 440EP EP440CX EPXH Linux 2.6.14
Atmel AT91SAM9260 Awox Mozart TimeSys Linux 2.6.19
Broadcom BCM6348 Inventel DV 4210 LinuxMIPS 2.4.17
NXP STB220 STB220 Denx ELDK 4.0
XScale PXA270 Awox Windows CE 5.0
Intel x86 or equiv. PC Windows Vista/XP, Fedora Core 3

mediaCTRL supported SoCs, boards, and OSes

Awox's mediaCTRL middleware line also includes Controller and Renderer components. All are written in ANSI C, for easy portability, the company said.

mediaCTRL Controller and Renderer components
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Additionally, Awox markets hardware/software reference designs for products that include Internet radios, digital media adapters, video-on-demand boxes, and network add-on boards for TVs. Some of these embedded platforms are undergoing DNLA certification testing, said the company.

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