[opendtv] Re: IBM out of the PC business

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 10:36:40 -0500

At 10:16 AM -0500 12/7/04, Kon Wilms wrote:
>Whatever happened to your vision of the software upgradable STB that we
>keep for x years? Are you giving up? :)

Well. to a limited extent, some already exist. But for the most part, 
the STB industry has thus far rejected the soft/upgradable box 
approach. I think part of the reason for this is that the required 
technology has not been cost competitive with boxes based on cheap 
commodity chips, and in part because many major industry players do 
not want to see the upgradable approach take hold...they like product 

But I think things could change with the next generation of STBs. The 
programmable technology is now available to build such boxes with 
only a small premium over dedicated ASIC designs. And the next 
generation of applications will require more programmability.

We shall see how this plays out.

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