Design Net Technical Products Raises the Bar in the Race for the Living Room with Latest IPTV Offering

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SpectraPod Based on Microsoft Windows Embedded and AMD Technologies Delivers a Next Generation Set-Top Box Experience

SpectraPod has a User Friendly Interface

We packed a dual-core AMD processor into a hand-held pod, added a dock to eliminate cables, then loaded Windows Embedded Standard 7 to fuel a rich user experience and provide enhanced connectivity across Windows-based PCs, servers and online services.

What's on TV? With SpectraPod™, everything is on TV whenever you want it; from Fancast to Hulu, Netflix to iTunes. Google a map, check Facebook, or phone a friend free on Skype.

SpectraPod, based on an embedded platform from AMD and Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 technologies, will be demonstrated at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Boston, September 20-23, 2010 at the Hynes Convention Center.

Windows Embedded Standard 7 delivers the power, familiarity and reliability of the Windows 7 operating system in a highly customizable and componentized form. For set-top boxes, connected TVs and other connected media devices (CMDs), Windows Embedded Standard 7 and the Windows Media Center feature provide a customizable, extensible platform for content, services and applications to help device manufacturers develop uniquely branded experiences. SpectraPod delivers IPTV and the entire web to the HD home theater, flawlessly in 1080p. Seven icons control all functions, making SpectraPod easy to use. WiFi and Bluetooth provide wireless connectivity, and remote control apps for popular smartphones provide wireless control.

We asked Bob Bouthillier, CEO of Design Net what makes SpectraPod different? "We packed a dual-core AMD processor into a hand-held pod, added a dock to eliminate cables, then loaded Windows Embedded Standard 7 to fuel a rich user experience and provide enhanced connectivity across Windows-based PCs, servers and online services."

SpectraPod's best feature is its ease of use. It drops into the dock and powers-up to its last state in about 15 seconds. The Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system gives SpectraPod unmatched access to programs, games and websites.

When asked what the greatest challenge was, Bob replied: "It was a challenge to make it personal, portable, and easy to use. To make it personal, we shrunk a laptop motherboard into a palm-sized package. We could not have done this without the technology of AMD's embedded platforms. To make it portable, we put the connectors in a dock making it easy to move without touching cables. JAE Electronics, the manufacturer of the iPod connector, was the obvious choice for our SpectraPort™ docking connector. Since our last challenge was to make it easy to operate from across the room, we used the Nokia Qt toolkit to harness the power of Windows Embedded Standard 7."

Advanced options available to service providers, retailers and manufacturers include: remote diagnostics, secure content delivery, custom colors, custom docks and turn-key design packages. Please contact Design Net for more information and visit our websites http://www.SpectraPod.com and http://www.SpectraPort.com

ESC Boston brings together system architects, design engineers, suppliers, analysts and media from across the globe, including Asia and the Pacific Rim. With 4,200+ total attendees, it is the fastest growing annual engineering event in America, providing attendees with an unsurpassed opportunity to find the solutions they need to their design challenges.

For additional information about SpectraPod, contact Robert Bouthillier at 401-349-0695 or visit http://www.SpectraPod.com

About Design Net Technical Products:
Design Net Technical Products is a product design and development firm based in the Providence area. Since 1995, they have created innovative designs for products in the medical, commercial, and consumer markets.

Hulu, iTunes, iPod, Facebook, Google, Nokia, Qt, Netflix, Skype, Microsoft and AMD are registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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