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"This collaborative effort will enable a world where you can have your entertainment when you want and where you want it," said Dr. T.C. Chen, vice president, Science & Technology, IBM Research, as he announced today that IBM and MediaTek will combine their expertise in millimeter wave (mmWave) radio technology and digital chipsets to create revolutionary multimedia wireless products. "This will enable consumers to wirelessly transfer large multimedia data files around their home and/or offices in seconds," Chen added. The two companies will collaborate to integrate IBM's new mmWave radio chips, antenna, and package technology with MediaTek's expertise in digital baseband and video processing chips as well as leverage MediaTek's influence in the consumer electronics market. The aim is to develop ultra fast chipsets that can wirelessly transmit a full-length high defin... (more)

Microsoft's Flash-Killer Silverlight Streaming Video Plug-in Released

Microsoft's Silverlight Boss Scott Guthrie on SYS-CON.TV Adobe's Flash Player, the de facto standard for video on the Web, now has a rival: a cross-platform Web browser plug-in from Microsoft called Silverlight. Designed to present HD video on the web, the Silverlight 1.0 was released today. Silverlight, which enables designers and developers to build rich media experiences and .NET-based RIAs for the web, was announced earlier this year by Nicrosoft at its MIX conference in Las Vegas. Focused on enabling rich media scenarios in a browser, some of the features of Silverlight includ... (more)

SYS-CON Events Announces iTVcon Internet TV Conference & Expo 2007

Just as 2006 was the year of streaming video and the birth of "Internet TV," 2007 is going to see the move beyond infancy toward the long-awaited and complete convergence of television and the Internet. Now that broadband is available to more than 100 million households worldwide, every corporate Website and every media company will now provide video content, not to mention live and interactive video Webinars and on-demand Webcasts, in order to remain competitive. Internet TV is wide open, it is global, and in true “Web 2.0” spirit it is a direct-to-consumer opportunit... (more)

Jim Clark Leaves Shutterfly Citing Sarbox Regs

Jim Clark, co-founder of both Silicon Graphics and Netscape, has quit as chairman of Shutterfly, the digital photography web site, complaining about the restrictions Sarbanes-Oxley regulations impose. In a letter to Shutterfly management released with an SEC filing, Clark said, "Sarbox dictates that I not chair any committee due to the size of my holdings, not be on the compensation committee because of the loan I once made to the company, not be on the governance committee. It even dictates that some other board member must carry out the perfunctory duties of the chairman. What'... (more)

SYS-CON.TV to Switch from Adobe Flash Video to Microsoft Silverlight

One of the first streaming video sites on the internet SYS-CON.TV will switch its streaming technology from Flash Video to Silverlight. The first broadcast using Microsoft's Silverlight technology will be live video from the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West, which will take place September 23-26, 2007, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. "We have been evaluating Silverlight and comparing its technical, as well as overall advantages over Flash Video since the first beta of the product was released," said Louis F. Couffari, director of tec... (more)