Amino launching Intel Atom-powered media gateway

Hybrid set-top-box maker Amino Communications is rolling out a new hybrid/OTT media gateway powered by Intel's next generation 32nm Intel Atom SoC for CE that allows it to convert raw video into a high quality format for any screen.

The company, which is showing its Amino Freedom Live media gateway at CES 2012 in Las Vegas this week, said the device will be the first to contain the new Intel dual core processor.

The gateway will combine dual core processing power with a range of new enhanced transcoding and encoding capabilities with multi-screen distribution to deliver content seamlessly to TVs, smartphones and tablets around the home.

Amino Freedom can handle broadcast, OTT, gaming and user generated content.

The new gateway also is capable of high-definition video calling via the TV set using a USB3 high speed data port to allow users to plug in low cost HD webcams to enjoy high definition video calling. A dual Ethernet switch will enable other devices--including existing pay-TV set-top boxes--to connect to the open Internet.

"This is a real home media powerhouse--fast, slick and with new levels of power and functionality to deliver new kinds of multi-screen entertainment," said Amino CEO Donald McGarva.

Already, available in two product formats--the Freedom Live media centre and Freedom Jump-- the Freedom range is designed to help meet growing consumer demand for TV-based over-the-top video entertainment.

Amino Communications has sold some three million devices sold to 850 customers in 85 countries.

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