With Syabas announcing they are looking to bring a player to the market based on the Intel CE4100 chip, there has been some discussion as to what this means for the future of their Sigma based players (such as the PCH C-200 and PCH A-200 series).
Syabas posted a note on the NMT forum discussing the matter:
As stated in the press release, the Intel platform will be a separate product line, it will not be a replacement for the C-series.
We will still pursue Sigma platform with the C-series. However, the commercial delivery of the next generation SMP8910 chip is at this moment still anyone’s guess. Not to mention the time needed to get their SDK to a mature level that is *acceptable* to most users.
Likewise, you see the same *maturing* required on the Intel platform SDK with the likes of Boxee, GoogleTV.
Meanwhile, one of the reason we decided to migrate to a Flash Lite based UI is to decouple the UI design from the low-level middleware/firmware. This allows the UI to evolve/refine without being constrained by the firmware and platform SDK.
At our CES demo, you see the same NMJ UI running on the Intel platform, albeit at a much faster speed due to the faster CPU. Likewise, if and when SMP8910 is available, you will enjoy the improved UI performance.
Another advantage of using Flash Lite, is the ability to support Flash Apps, which you can see evolving into our Apps Market, from the legacy HTML based Web services.
We will continue to evolve with technology as and when it becomes available, and the processor speed and capability is up to it. Up next is OpenGL, HTML5, 3D, Flash 10, etc, all of which we already exploring ahead.
For those who have been with Popcorn Hour since the start, you know that our firmware and product have evolved according to users requests and feedback.
We don’t presume to know what is the *perfect* player for our users, but we intend to work towards being the best player for our customer (within limits of our resources, and within limits of the chipset supplier’s resources).
We have learned a lot along the way, thanks to this NMT forum that gives us a direct connection to our supporters out there.
It is great to see a note like this giving some color on the direction of Syabas. 2011 is already shaping up to be an interesting year for the media players. With the announcement of Sigma porting XBMC over to its chips, Boxee trying to make a splash, and the new Sigma SMP8910 hopefully not too far around the corner the consumer should have a wide selection of feature rich players to choose from. Stay tuned…