Feeds

Be teams with Transmeta for long-life appliances

Winning on points, but awaiting the big Kahuna

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Be Inc's relationship with its shareholders continues to resemble one of those weird sex games where you hold your breath just long enough to avoid death by asphyxiation.

It showcased a number of design prototypes at Comdex this week, some old, and some new, and as you might expect, from a technical perspective it walked away with the laurels. However other than Compaq and Ricochet there's no big name licensee yet to establish Be's BeIA platform at the front of the pack.

That's not for lack of trying. BeIA squeezes the OS into around 5 or 6Mb of space - far smaller than comparable Linux devices thanks to some miraculous on-the-fly compression technology - and unlike the established embedded rivals such as QNX offers Flash, Real Player and Opera in the bundle. And from OEM comments, Be's "you design it, we'll draw it" approach to UI customisation went down very well.

FIC and Proview are established licensees, but a few others were evidently flirting with BeIA too. DT Research and Merenta aren't fully fledged licensees, but have built BeIA systems. FIC has also tested a minature 800x640 pad using BeIA, we gather, running Transmeta's Crusoe processor. Be's Tim Self told us that Be has run a number of designs through Transmeta's compatibility labs, and work continues on tweaking BeIA for the low power chip. It's x86 compatible, after all, and although most of Be's prospective OEMs are using using Nat Semi's Geode platform, the company remains pretty agnostic. Compaq's Clipper design - the "open" version of the current MSN Companion that isn't tied to MSN - uses AMD.

Be also showed its home hi-fi appliance Aura - basically a Be PC disguised as a DVD player, which burns MP3s and plays and catalogues your audio CDs, and acts as a streaming server for all your other appliances. "When people chuck out their CD players, they'll see that this does all the CD player and more," said Self. The targetted price point is $299.

Be - surely by now the world's oldest software start-up - walked away from its glittering desktop OS to focus its resources on embedded consumer appliances in a bet-the-company move in January. ®

Related stories

Be takes new slant on Net appliance biz
Be wins PersonalJava compliance award
Be appliances go wireless walkabout
BeOS goes mobile, announces Gassée (we think)
Compaq developing 'BeOS Lite'-based Net appliances

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.