SOURCE: Encirq

May 22, 2006 08:10 ET

ENCIRQ Enables Next Generation IP Set-Top Box Applications From Sumitomo Electric Networks

ENCIRQ Technology Provides Higher Performance and New Data-Driven Capabilities for IPTV Interactive Program Guide

BURLINGAME, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2006 -- ENCIRQ Corporation, the leading provider of data-centric software for intelligent devices, today announced that its high performance data management solution, the ENCIRQ® Data Foundation™ Framework, was selected by Sumitomo Electric Networks, Inc., for its next generation IP set-top box, the StreamCruiser® ST1300 Series. Sumitomo Electric Networks began shipments of the StreamCruiser® ST1300 Series in April. IP set-top boxes provide the television interface enabling the delivery of broadcast quality digital video and new interactive services delivered over broadband networks.

"With the StreamCruiser ST1300, our goal was to enable our customers to provide superior IPTV services and experiences," said Hiroaki Nishimoto, General Manager, CDN Development Group, Sumitomo Electric Networks, Inc. "By using the ENCIRQ Framework, our new StreamCruiser series is able to more efficiently and securely handle on-demand video, live broadcast television, karaoke, and all broadcast content metadata to create a more responsive user experience despite limited hardware resources. The ENCIRQ Framework contributed greatly to our ability to deliver high-quality applications within a very short development schedule and we plan to continue close cooperation with ENCIRQ in building future IP set-top boxes and applications."

Interactive program guides provide the user-interface for navigating and searching IPTV content. These guides are driven by large amounts of content metadata, much of which resides on an external server. Searching this data and screen switching is slow because of the huge volume of data to be processed and transferred across the network. With the ENCIRQ Framework, Sumitomo Electric Networks was able to quickly leverage an innovative approach to data management that provided more efficient data processing within the set-top box. As a result, users get faster on-screen displays and a richer, more responsive experience.

"The growing size and complexity of metadata management has been holding back innovation in set-top box application development for many years," said Colin Dixon, practice manager, IP Media for The Diffusion Group. "ENCIRQ's data-centric application framework is exactly the kind of data management solution the industry needs to simplify and accelerate development while enabling great user experiences."

"Product differentiation is now driven by software," said Mark Vogel, CEO of ENCIRQ. "And efficient data management is critical for powering intelligence in data-driven device software applications. We are proud to have partnered with Sumitomo Electric Networks and help them accelerate the pace of innovation and deliver more compelling products with reduced engineering effort."

About the ENCIRQ Data Foundation Framework

The ENCIRQ Framework provides a simpler and more efficient approach for building the high-performance, data-driven applications that power today's intelligent devices. It provides the benefits of the relational data model together with a streams-based approach that is ideally suited for the data management requirements of embedded applications. The ENCIRQ Framework includes a data-centric method for building solutions, extensible application components, automated code generation tools, plus performance-tuned service libraries to provide an ultra-efficient runtime environment for virtually any target operating and microprocessor. The ENCIRQ Framework is helping organizations to:

--  Reduce software development time and costs by up to 80%
--  Optimize system resource utilization and reduce memory
    consumption by up to 60%
--  Improve product quality and performance
--  Respond more quickly to changing market requirements
--  Increase engineering capacity for product innovation
    and differentiation

ENCIRQ Corporation, the pioneer in data-centric software for intelligent devices, is enabling a new era of data-driven capabilities and services. ENCIRQ offers a unique application framework that provides organizations with a simpler, more efficient approach to building the software that powers award-winning products. Customers worldwide in the wireless, digital consumer electronics, automotive and networking industries use the ENCIRQ Data Foundation Framework to accelerate innovation while reducing complexity, cost and time to market. Founded in 1998, ENCIRQ is headquartered in Burlingame, CA. For more information, please visit

ENCIRQ is a registered trademark and Data Foundation is a trademark of ENCIRQ Corporation.

StreamCruiser is a registered trademark of Sumitomo Electric Networks, Inc.

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    ENCIRQ Corporation
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