BridgeCo Launches Entertainment Network Adapter at CES2003.
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2003 International CES
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At the Consumer Electronics Show 2003 today, BridgeCo AG launched their Entertainment Network Adapter A printed circuit board that plugs into the bus of both user machines (clients) and servers in a local area network (LAN). Also commonly called a "network interface card" (NIC) or "LAN card," the network adapter transmits data onto the network and receives data from the network. (ENA ENA Ecole Nationale d'Administration (French)
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ENA Energetic Neutral Atom ), the long-awaited key technology which efficiently, effectively and economically bridges 1394 (FireWire(TM)) and Ethernet networks in the home.
Built into PC and CE entertainment devices, BridgeCo's ENAs will enable consumers to conveniently, comfortably, and cost-effectively create their own simple and seamless Entertainment Continuum, consisting of the full range of analog and digital, PC and CE, wired and wireless entertainment devices in their homes. Consumers can then enjoy media from any source, anytime and in any location.
At CES2003, BridgeCo is showcasing the five essential functionalities that deliver ENA benefits to the manufacturer and consumer: signal transport, signal processing See DSP. , content security, device management and network-wide user interface. These showcase milestones include:
-- ENA-Enabled Networked Loudspeakers that replace the PC sound card, and are connected to DVD and computer sources using 1394 (FireWire(TM)) -- Wireless 5.1 surround audio Networked Loudspeakers using 1394 (FireWire(TM)) over 802.11b transmission, and BridgeCo's patented 1394 (FireWire(TM)) node synchronization -- Content-protected AVRs connected via 1394 (FireWire(TM)) to DVD and SACD sources -- The latest Digital Processing Receivers with Internet Radio and Ethernet networking to multiple zones -- Simple, seamless integration of PCs, Networked Loudspeakers, AVR and DVD devices through UPnP control
BridgeCo's ENAs are based on embedded Inserted into. See embedded system. , secure software running on BridgeCo's integrated, network and signal, processor. The breakthrough chip architecture, kernel operating system operating system (OS)
Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs. , and application- and device-specific software modules support standards-based connectivity and signal processing algorithms.
"BridgeCo provides the PC and CE industry with a powerful, flexible solution that cost-effectively combines the best from multiple networks in the home," noted Christof Heidelberger, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of BridgeCo. "Manufacturers now have a thoroughly tested, open-standards-compliant solution that offers increased functionality at comparable or lower costs to existing device subsystems. Furthermore, BridgeCo's uniquely embedded, secure software can be remotely and cost effectively upgraded to keep pace with new functionalities, applications, products, and network standards throughout the device lifetime."
PC and CE manufacturers are already developing audio and video products utilizing the powerful network and signal processing functionalities of BridgeCo's ENA. By using the same chip platform with various, optimized combinations of software modules, the manufacturers are able to leverage the ENA's flexible design across their product range and over product generations. Consequently, manufacturers can bring more versatile and networkable products to market more quickly to meet the increasing consumer demand for the home Entertainment Continuum.
"These design wins and showcases confirm the manufacturers' confidence in BridgeCo's technology, the market potential for our ENAs, and that our application and technology rollout is on schedule to meet this demand. BridgeCo's success demonstrates that Switzerland is rapidly evolving from its high-precision engineering roots to a center for innovative, high-technology electronics."
Christof Heidelberger continued "Recently, BridgeCo successfully concluded its second financing round with four investors: Benchmark Capital Benchmark Capital is a venture capital firm responsible for the early stage funding of some very successful startups, including eBay. In 1995, the firm invested $6.7 million in eBay, which became worth more than $5 billion by the spring of 1999 and resulted in one of Silicon , Earlybird, Infineon Ventures, and Intel Capital."
Please call Christof Heidelberger (mobile: 213/479-2222) or Mark Bridgwater (mobile: 206/484-2190) to arrange a meeting and showcasing of BridgeCo's ENA technology at CES2003, Booth #30327, South Hall (Booth phone: 702/943-4504).
BridgeCo AG, based in Zurich, Switzerland with marketing and sales representatives in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , develops entertainment network adapters (ENAs) based on embedded, secure software running on BridgeCo's integrated network A network that supports both data and voice and/or different networking protocols. See converged network and new public network. and signal processor. The uniquely integrated chip architecture, kernel operating system, and application- and device-specific software modules support standards-based connectivity and signal processing algorithms. Built into PC and CE entertainment devices, the ENAs enable consumers to create their own simple and seamless home Entertainment Continuum conveniently, comfortably and cost-effectively. The applications include the range of analog and digital, PC and CE, wired and wireless devices; e.g. networked loudspeakers, audio/video receivers, digital processing Digital processing is the process of altering digital data in any form.
The most common situations where digital processing is involved are computer graphics and digital audio processing. receivers, digital video devices, musical instruments, external sound cards and set-top boxes The cable TV box that sits on "top" of the TV "set," although it is often located several feet away in an equipment rack. The set-top box descrambles the premium channels and provides a tuner for the higher cable numbers that very old TVs did not support. . BridgeCo's Investors include: Benchmark Capital, Earlybird, Infineon Ventures, and Intel Capital. Detailed information on BridgeCo, its technology and products is available on www.bridgeco.net.