Broadcom, Mediabolic unveil NAS reference design - Embedded.com

Broadcom, Mediabolic unveil NAS reference design

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Communications semiconductor company Broadcom Corp. and software provider Mediabolic have partnered to unveil a network attached storage (NAS) hardware and software platform with embedded media server capabilities.The Broadcom NAS media server reference design will enable original design manufacturers (ODMs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to add NAS media servers to their product lines.Based on the BCM4780 network attached storage-on-a-chip (NASoC) silicon from Broadcom (Irvine, Calif.) and standards-compliant media server software from Mediabolic (San Mateo, Calif.), the NAS media server reference design is a low-cost, easy-to-deploy solution that provides the ability to stream music, photo, and video files to various connected entertainment devices throughout the home.The NAS media server reference design, which may be used in conjunction with Mediabolic software includes all the hardware and software components OEMs and ODMs need to offer a new category of NAS device — one that serves digital content over home networks. The NASoC chip integrates multiple high-end storage capabilities and enables products based on the chip to feature simple installation and storage expansion at cost-effective price points.The Media Server software is available as a turnkey object license for manufacturers seeking a ready-to-go solution, and a Source Code SDK license that provides complete design flexibility and customization. “Combining our NASoC products with Mediabolic's proven software will enable OEMs to quickly produce powerful media server storage products,” said David Murray, director of business development for Broadcom's NASoC products, in a statement. “We have a large number of customers either shipping or developing NAS products on our silicon, and each one of them can easily add Mediabolic's media server functionality without having to make additional changes to the hardware, giving them the ability to dramatically accelerate their time-to- market.”

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