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The Software is Free. Reducing BOM Cost With Efficient Software Gopal Miglani President, BitRouter. Software happens!. Software is an electronic component It costs money It takes time TVs don’t work without it OEMs don’t want to pay for it. How much does it cost?.
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The Software is Free Reducing BOM Cost With Efficient Software Gopal MiglaniPresident, BitRouter
Software happens! • Software is an electronic component • It costs money • It takes time • TVs don’t work without it • OEMs don’t want to pay for it
How much does it cost? • “80% of the engineering resources went into software, not hardware” – Jukka Hamalainen, CEO Panasonic AVC, Sep 28 ’98 EE Times, referring to Panasonic’s first HDTV. • 50% of gadgets returned are in perfect working order. The average American spends 20 minutes to try and get a gadget to work – study at Technical University of Eindhoven, May 2006.
Where are we headed? • Today • Digital tuners • Digital Cable Ready • Built in DVD • Tomorrow • Bi-directional Cable (requires Java) • DVR • Downloadable conditional access • IPTV • Digital Home Networking • Blu-Ray & HD-DVD
Bi-Directional DCR ATSC Analog Software Complexity is Exploding
Modularity & Reuse are Key • Same software can work on any SoC • Same software can work on any operating system • Can you license individual modules? • If not, there is a design problem • Mix licensed modules with in-house IP • Reuse modules across product range • Digital modules, converter boxes, integrated TV, DCR, DVR, DVD, bi-directional, IPTV… • Innovative licensing • Insist on well defined hardware abstraction layer, APIs and design • DVB & US standards can share a common code and API base
Complete Designs • Beyond reference boards & SDKs • OEMs are asking for complete designs • Complete GUI is next big differentiator • Standards based approach to GUI – XML • OEM does not need access to source code • Only XML source required to “skin” the device • Easy to create product differentiation • ATSC converter box is only 2200 lines of XML • XML based games offer additional revenue
Support • Documentation • Source code availability • Training available • Support comes from software architects • Engineering services available • Integration and certification services
Risk Management • Field tested • Deployed • Time to market • Roadmap • DVB • Blu-Ray • DVB-H • Is there any open source content?