Preparing for Google TV

Posted by  08 August 2010

In May, Google and partners announced Google TV—an open, architecture-neutral platform that will bring the full web experience to television viewing. Google TV is based on the Android operating system and runs the Google Chrome web browser.

With it, consumers will be able to search and experience a broad range of content available from numerous sources. They’ll be able to access all of their usual TV channels as well as Internet and cloud-based information and applications, including Adobe Flash based content and video content available through the web and streaming videos. They will also be able to run apps from the Android Market.

Google TV will have an integrated search capability to help viewers easily find relevant content across over-the-air and pay-TV channel listings, DVR, and the Internet, as well as a picture-in-picture layout to access multiple windows simultaneously. Google TV will also have a home screen to help viewers quickly organize their favorite content and personalize their TV viewing experience.

Google TV is well aligned with MIPS Technologies’ own vision of the future connected television and entertainment experience.

Today, putting an advanced MIPS-Based chipset into a set-top box or other device with the addition of Android, Chrome, Flash Player 10.1 and other components, would result in a connected TV experience very similar to Google TV. And there are already other Android TV software platforms in development on MIPS-Based chipsets, including an optimized reference platform of Yahoo! TV Widgets and Home Jinni’s ConnecTV product that we demonstrated at CES in January.

Initial Google TV products will be available in autumn 2010. There will likely be tens of millions of marketing dollars spent by Google and partners on the initial effort, with major promotion around Google TV. This paves the way for MIPS licensees and your customers to capitalize on this momentum.

In 2011, Google TV code will be open sourced. As with Android, we expect an explosion of Google TV devices to follow, starting in 2011 and beyond. Much like TV platforms in the past, once Google TV reaches mass deployment, it will run on MIPS-Based platforms.

We are committed to ensuring that our licensees have access to the best available software ecosystem for Android on MIPS-Based solutions, and Google TV is part of that picture. Leveraging our work with Android and our ongoing relationship with Google, MIPS is in an ideal position to work with our licensees as Google TV moves beyond initial reference platforms and into mainstream development.

We are excited about the new experience that Google TV and other Android products can offer to consumers, and since MIPS licensees are designing the majority of digital home devices, we are excited to enable you to integrate this functionality in your future products. Working together, we can get these solutions to market quickly to satisfy your customers’ needs.

We believe that by designing your SoC to the right specifications now, you can be prepared for Google TV when the code is available in open source. MIPS Technologies recently released a whitepaper, “Preparing for Google TV,” that provides an in-depth description of hardware requirements and recommendations for developing an SoC that will support Google TV. This includes CPU configuration, graphics and memory requirements, codecs and other key pieces of the Google TV picture. Click here to download the whitepaper and get prepared for Google TV!
Last modified on Sunday, 08 August 2010 15:42