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Re-named graphics framework tapped for media streamer

Mar 11, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Trolltech has renamed its embedded GUI stack and development framework, and is boasting of a design win in the multimedia streamer space. Qt for Embedded Linux, formerly Qtopia Core, formerly Qt/Embedded, was used by Roku Labs in an as-yet unannounced Internet streaming media player, according to Trolltech.

Neither Roku or Trolltech provided additional details on the soon-to-be-announced “multimedia streaming” product. Roku is known for its networked music and digital media systems, such as its SoundBridge Radio Internet radio player. Four years ago it released a software development kit (SDK) for its hacker-friendly, embedded Linux-based HD1000 high definition digital media player.

Roku's HD1000
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The change to “Qt for Embedded Linux” is Trolltech's second name change for the Qtopia environment, having switched from “Qt/Embedded” in January, 2006. The new name was likely selected to avoid confusion and to create symmetry with Trolltech's forthcoming Qt for Windows CE product.

Qt for Embedded Linux targets “single-application products” built on embedded Linux, Trolltech said. It is receiving an upgrade in the second quarter, with the addition of a Webkit HTML rendering engine module.

Qt for Embedded Linux architecture

This may not be the last time Linux developers will need to remember a new Qtopia name. Trolltech is set to be acquired by its neighboring Finnish firm Nokia in the second quarter.

Stated Tim Twerdahl, Roku's VP, consumer products, “As on-demand digital media revolutionizes the home entertainment experience, the demand for connected, powerful, and easy-to-use Internet media players is taking off. Roku chose Qt because of its ability to quickly create a rich user interface, providing an important time-to-market advantage.”

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