Intel Chosen for TV Set-Top Boxes
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ Intel Corp. will provide Hughes Network Systems with microprocessors for its latest television set-top receivers, the companies announced today.
Hughes, a leader in satellite products and network systems, will use Pentium MMX microprocessors in set-top boxes enabling Internet access as well as its own satellite-driven DirecTV service.
For the Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, it signals a significant foray outside the personal computer business.
The companies agreed to collaborate on a number of television set-top box products, the first being the AOL TV satellite receiver, capable of supporting AOL TV, the service from America Online Inc., which will bring AOL to the television, as well as the 200-plus channels of digital TV available through DirecTV.
The two companies also announced that Intel is licensing DirecPC technology from Hughes in order to integrate the technology into future products.
Hughes Network Systems, a unit of Hughes Electronics Corp., is based in Gaithersburg, Md.