Thank Acorn for embedded tech growth says Oregan execBy Chris Williams. Published: 24th Mar 2006, 14:41:30 | Permalink | Printable
CJE offers O3 upgrades to O2 puntersIn an interview this week with Digitimes, an Oregan executive said the UK was the "cradle of digital TV and all things embedded", largely thanks to Acorn and its spin-off ARM. Some developers of RISC OS products have also held the same view, that even though Acorn imploded, the companies that grew up around it managed to go onto greater things.
Marketing VP Milya Timergaleyeva said: "Looking back at the history of computing, the first embedded systems and processors were created in Cambridge, through a plethora of Acorn Computers initiatives in the eighties and nineties.
"The first Video on Demand project was launched in 1994 by Acorn Online Media, with subsequent sale of the Acorn set top box (STB) and RISC OS IP to Pace Micro. Parts of surviving technologies live on today in ARM Holdings (accounting for 75% of all 32-bit embedded CPUs) and Broadcom DSPs."
Oregan was responsible for the RISC OS Oregano web browser, and also the browser used by Sony for the Playstation 2. Although Oregano 3 is much awaited by the desktop user base, there is no official timescale for a release. But it's believed a select few beta testers, including David Ruck and Paul Vigay, are test driving a build of O3 suitable for RISC OS while being subject to strict NDAs. Dealer CJE Micros has promised an upgrade to Oregano 3 for people who buy a copy of version 2 now.
When asked if her company's software could run on platforms such as Windows, Linux and RISC OS, Milya said: "Oregan's software is entirely OS agnostic and therefore there is not a particular focus on any one OS."
She also refused to be drawn on discussing Oregan's plans for the Sony Playstation 3.
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