IBC Sees ACCESS Launch NetFrontTM Browser BE, Leveraging The Chromium Blink Engine to Provide Industry’s Widest Choice of HTML5 Solutions

Oberhausen, Germany, September 3rd, 2014 ACCESS CO., LTD (IBC stand14.D14), a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announced that IBC will see it launch NetFrontTM Browser BE, built on the Chromium Blink browser engine. NetFront Browser BE extends the NetFrontTM Browser family, which already includes the award winning WebKit-based NetFrontTM Browser NX and super-small footprint NetFrontTM Browser 4, giving ACCESS a unique position in the worldwide browser market.

“Through our experience of providing broadcast-centric browsers for CE device manufacturers, we are very aware that it’s critical to provide best-in class browsers for all markets,” said Kunihiro Ishiguro, CTO, ACCESS. “The IBC launch of NetFront Browser BE means that we provide robust browsers for all categories of set-top boxes, from legacy, small footprint platforms through mid-range Linux® solutions and high-end environments such as Android with multi-core CPUs (Central Processing Units) and graphics acceleration. The new NetFront Browser BE expands our NetFront Browser family to prepare for the next stage of multiscreen and enables operators to develop advanced UI/UX for broadcast optimized solutions in every market.”

NetFront Browser BE includes the following features:

Multi-process architecture, ideal for multi-core SoCs

Supports hardware GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) acceleration ready for operator 4K UIs

Support for Broadcom System on Chip (SoC) reference platforms

No reliance on specific widget sets or UI components giving OEMs the maximum flexibility

Support for the DLNA media sharing standard through the ACCESS Home Networking Shared Object (HNSO) plugin

Support for standard TV remote control interaction

Enhanced memory management for embedded systems

Open HTML5 application platforms (“app stores”) approach for maximum operator choice

SDK approach enables manufacturers and operators to quickly build and support a wide variety of new applications as well as more easily interoperate with existing infrastructure and systems.

NetFrontTM Browser BEis an advanced HTML5 browser featuring high stability on embedded platforms. NetFront Browser BE is an ideal solution for operators looking to deploy new generation hardware platforms and support the latest HTML5 standards on high performance DTVs, set-top boxes, game consoles and automotive infotainment systems.

NetFront Browser BE leverages the ACCESS experience deployed in over 1 billion units worldwide, and includes support for access to standardized APIs such as OpenGL-ES and GPU accelerated functions, as well as software engines. NetFront Browser BE can also be utilised within operator environments requiring HTML5 Remote User Interface (RUI) or CVP-2 capabilities.

The NetFront™ Browser series provides the ultimate embedded browser choice across legacy and new hardware platforms via a family of browser solutions, ensuring outstanding Internet viewing experiences, world leading rendering speed, HTML5 compliance and optimized memory-usage. It is pre-installed in a wide variety of devices including TVs, gaming devices and in-vehicle infotainment systems. The browser series supports the latest global broadcasting and communications standards, such as HbbTV, Hybridcast, BML and Ginga, and continues to evolve to offer higher performance and even easier device integration.