September 24, 2008
OpenPeak Intros OpenFrame IP Media Phone Platform Using Intel Atom Processor
By Niladri Sekhar Nath, TMCnet Contributing Editor
OpenPeak has introduced a production-ready version of its OpenFrame IP media phone platform based on the low-power Intel (News - Alert) Atom processor. Designed to drive new revenues for service providers, the OpenFrame device integrates voice, data, video and mobile into a single touchscreen-based home communications center capable of simplifying everyday family and media interactions.
With the OpenFrame IP media phone connected to the home network via a built-in WiFi (News - Alert)/Ethernet link, consumers can use a single device to access applications such as their family calendar, e-mail, text messaging, synced address book and directory services. They also have convenient access to news, sports, weather, stock quotes and traffic, as well as the ability to make traditional or VoIP phone calls.
The device can also send calendar reminders and driving directions to the user's mobile, stream and play Internet content such as music, movie trailers and YouTube (News - Alert) videos, as well as preview images or video from digital cameras or camcorders.
Using the Intel Atom processor, OpenPeak will have a high-performance, low-power development and deployment platform capable of delivering media applications and advanced graphics at market-leading speeds, while also providing wireline voice quality over IP. The fanless, sub-3 watt Intel Atom processor also streamlined the development process and accelerated time-to-market by enabling OpenPeak to write their application on standard Intel architecture.
"The Intel Atom processor gives us a rapid development environment, critical performance headroom for adding or customizing services, an architecture we can easily transfer to other product models and markets such as enterprise, and -- most important from the consumer's point of view -- the best performance we have seen for a processor in its class," said OpenPeak CTO, Paul Krzyzanowski. "It is a core building block of our product family for the foreseeable future."
With the Intel Atom processor, OpenPeak has been able to reduce their design footprint by 80 percent over previous three-chip solutions, minimized power requirements, and increased the overall performance of their platform.
"Adopting the Intel Atom processor enabled OpenPeak to rapidly port their application and realize immediate platform improvements, including enhanced performance, power efficiency and superior graphics capabilities," said Rose Schooler, general manager, Embedded Performance Products Division, Intel. "Atom has been successful in many embedded markets since its launch. Its innovative capabilities will be paramount for this new device category enabling the 'third screen' in the home and redefining the consumer's expectations of their traditional phone."
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Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Niladri’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Michelle Robart