CES 08: Ubicom platform simplifies photo sharing - Embedded.com

CES 08: Ubicom platform simplifies photo sharing

Las Vegas, Nev. ” Targeting the new low end consumer device market for digital photo frames, Ubicom, Inc. unveiled at the CES here its reference design for wirelessly connected digital photo frames.

According to Cathal Phelan, CEO of Ubicom Inc., the reference design is designed to make it easy to view photos over a network in three simple steps by eliminating the need to enter complex configuration information into the frame:

1. Power On
2. Connect securely to the network with the touch of a button using Wi-Fiprotected set-up.
3. Link the frame to your online account

The photo frame is pre-configured to talk to social networking sites such asFacebook, Flickr, Google Web Albums or Microsoft Live Spaces; or content canbe delivered by Frame Media Inc., Ubicom's Web aggregation partner. Photoson personal computers are transferred using UPnP or a desktop widget.

The reference design is based on Ubicom's StreamEngine 5000 Family ofmulti-threaded processors, with a DSP optimized instruction set for accelerating image processing and create sophisticated photo effects. Software I/O, he said, eliminates glue logic and reduces the system bill of materials.

According to Harry Wang, Senior analyst at market research firm Parks ssociates, the digital photo frame market is poised for significant growth with sales volume to top 44 million units globally by 2011.

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