CES 2013: Opera and Sigma Designs Tie Up To power Connected Devices

written by: Richard Kastelein

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Opera Software and Sigma Designs, a leading provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for home entertainment, connectivity and converging multimedia delivery, today announced they have teamed up together to optimize Opera’s TV products for Sigma’s optimized Smart TV processors.

The all-new Opera Devices Software Development Kit (SDK) 3.5, the Opera TV Browser and the Opera TV Store will now be integrated into Sigma Designs’ Smart TV processors. This collaboration combines Opera’s software expertise in developing browser-based solutions with Sigma’s Smart TV hardware expertise. The result being solutions developed to meet the needs of TV and device manufacturers who want to design embedded browser-based solutions into their products with minimal integration efforts. The Opera-powered Sigma processors will allow OEMs to bring their products faster to market and equip them with powerful HTML5-based technology that will bring more entertainment options and a better web experience for end users.

The powerful and versatile Opera Devices SDK is a framework for OEMs to develop or deploy user interfaces, applications, browsers or internet multimedia services on their devices. Opera partners and customers that use the SDK and other Opera technologies come from different markets, including gaming, home appliances, automobile, set-top boxes and TVs.

The Opera TV Store is a complete HTML5-based store solution for Smart TVs, available for OEMs, developers and content providers to reach millions of app-hungry users. The integration of the Opera TV Store on the Sigma Designs’ processor means an increase in distribution for apps as the Opera TV Store will now also include Sigma’s customer base.

“The inclusion of the Opera Devices SDK, the TV store and browser on our Smart TV processors will give Sigma Designs a unique edge in the market,” says Mustafa Ozgen, vice president and general manager of Sigma’s home multimedia business unit. “With this capability, Sigma’s processors will offer best-in-class performance resulting in minimal integration effort and ultimate flexibility for our customers in providing a browser environment on the Sigma platform.”

“Partnering with an innovative company like Sigma will extend Opera’s goal to provide the best internet experience on any device and advance the power of HTML5 apps and technology,” says Frode Hernes, VP for TV Products, Opera Software. “Not only will this benefit Sigma’s OEM customers, but also the developers of TV apps on the Opera TV Store who will get a wider audience for their content, as well as the end user who will see more entertainment options on their TVs and devices.”


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Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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