Sigma Designs Gives Us a Sneak Peek of Future Media Streamers

I saw this the other day and went: meh. Sigma Designs is showing off a new reference design that CE manufactures can tap for their next-gen media streamers and IPTV receivers. At first glance it looks compelling — it’s a plug computer in way. The SMP8670 chip powered wall wart offers 1080p playback via HDMI, HomePlug AV connectivity, and Z-Wave RF communication, making it suitable for home control implementations as well. What’s missing in my opinion: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB. Seriously, the device will probably be cheap (under $100), but if you need to buy HomePlug AV networking gear and make use of controllers that support Z-Wave, it’s a bit of a tough sell. What say you? On a positive note, though, this ulta-thin Linux and Android OS compatible adapter is being pitched heavily to telcos and cable companies as a low cost TV set-top box alternative.

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