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Texas Instruments achieves certification for Netflix HD on Android

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Texas Instruments is believed to be the first to have achieved the Silicon Reference Implementation (SRI) certification for the Netflix HD application on Android. The application enables high quality video streaming for Android devices.

TI’s OMAP 4 platform met the basic requirements needed by the application to stream mobile content. The M-Shield security technology and quad-radio WiLink 7.0 boosted its ability to play and stream full HD videos at 1080p onto larger screens. Also the dual ARM Cortex A9 MPCore processor featuring TrustZone enables the software to provide users a rich multimedia experience.

The application utilizes parallel processing, which enables much more performance and battery life. User security is provided by TI’s M-Shield technology, which protects the device from attackers while streaming from the application. Also the security technology comes implemented on OMAP chips hence, eliminates the need for separate hardware.

Bill Holmes, vice president of business development at Netflix commented, “TI’s OMAP architecture and M-Shield security will set the stage for a high-performance, low-power, secure platform that will help Netflix members instantly watch unlimited TV shows and movies on Android devices.”

“TI is proud to be the first to achieve this coveted certification and to provide the solution that ensures a strong balance of performance, security and power efficiency as Netflix experiences migrate to the mobile world,” stated Fred Cohen, director of the OMAP user experience team.

The software achieved additional streaming security from Wi-Fi-based WEP, WPA and WPA2 protocols. Devices that utilize this technology can connect to external television screens using HDMI as the platforms security provides HDCP encryption over HMDI.

The TI OMAP 4 platform Netflix certification lends a helping hand to the Gingerbread OS for now, with additional devices to be supported later on. Also, future smartphones with OMAP 4 processors will have the software pre-built into the device at the time of launch.