NDS Announces New OCAP Software Tool for Eclipse Development Environment; New Tool Speeds Set-Top Box Application Development and Offers Leading-Edge Development Features

JavaOne 2005
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 28, 2005--

  -- Advanced tool for use on the Eclipse platform, a Java(SM) technology-based open source development environment  

“With the addition of this new MHDK plug-in tool for the Eclipse platform, we are enabling developers to create bleeding-edge iTV applications for a broad spectrum of environments, and making it even more attractive - it's a free offering for our current MHDK customers.”



-- New capability is free for MediaHighway Development Kit users

NDS Group plc, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced the immediate availability of a new plug-in for its OpenCable Applications Platform (OCAP) version of its widely popular MediaHighway Development Kit (MHDK) Advanced.

The new plug-in speeds open standards-based set-top box application development and offers superior debugging features. It is compliant with the latest version of Eclipse, the most popular open source development platform today. The Eclipse platform is designed for building integrated development environments (IDEs) that can be used to create applications as diverse as interactive TV (iTV) applications, web sites and embedded Java programs.

The MediaHighway Advanced authoring tool allows for the development and customization of applications to be deployed on Java technology-based digital iTV platforms. Using this new plug-in, developers can now address an even wider variety of iTV environments, enabling the development of all types of OCAP applications, whether resident, service-bound, unbound or a Monitor Application.

"The Eclipse environment is based on open-source, industry standards and that's what NDS is all about - open solutions," said Dr. Dov Robin, vice president and general manager, NDS Americas. "With the addition of this new MHDK plug-in tool for the Eclipse platform, we are enabling developers to create bleeding-edge iTV applications for a broad spectrum of environments, and making it even more attractive - it's a free offering for our current MHDK customers."

The new MDHK plug-in is compliant with the latest version of Eclipse, Version 3.1 that was recently announced. It also offers the same level of features as JBuilder and NetBeans. The capabilities of this new tool will be demonstrated at the home/office desk display in a simulated living room at the JavaOne conference, located in the "Celebrate the Power of Java" Pavilion.

MHDK Advanced is the first and only development tool in the market to simulate the complete interactive TV chain, including the Out Of Band (OOB) network, enabling developers to create, edit, test and debug interactive TV Java applications for MediaHighway Advanced set-top boxes and digital TVs on a single PC. MHDK Advanced can simulate for developers the complete behavior of a MediaHighway Advanced OCAP set-top box.

An extremely high-performance tool, MHDK Advanced sharply reduces equipment costs and accelerates development time, leading to faster time-to-market implementations of innovative iTV applications. Features of the tool include:

-- Attractive GUI design tool with a built-in Java source code generator

-- Code editor for extending and customizing the source code

-- Simulator for running the application before uploading to a STB

-- Recorded or real streams injector for end-to-end work

-- NTSC operation with configurable screen resolution

-- Comprehensive debugger for tracing and analyzing the code

-- Operations for downloading applications to a STB with monitoring

About NDS

NDS Group plc (NASDAQ/Euronext Brussels: NNDS), a majority owned subsidiary of News Corporation, is the leading supplier of open end-to-end digital pay TV solutions for the secure delivery of entertainment and information to television set-top boxes and IP devices. See www.nds.com for more information about NDS.

About the Eclipse Foundation

Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software. Eclipse provides tools and frameworks that span the software development lifecycle, including support for modeling, Java technology IDE, testing and performance, business intelligence, rich client applications and embedded development.

Java and JavaOne are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

Contacts

NDS Group plc
Margot Field, + 44 (0) 208 476 8158
or
Breakaway Communications
Kelly Fitzgerald, 212-590-2555

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