Kenwood's New Sovereign Entre Entertainment Hub Enabled by Wind River Software and Services
ALAMEDA, Calif., February 14, 2002 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), a leading provider of software and services for connected smart devices, today awarded its "Cool Customer Design" to Kenwood USA for its recently launched Kenwood Sovereign Entre Entertainment Hub, an audio component that stores and streams compressed music files, Internet radio, and serves as a main controller for other Kenwood Sovereign"! offerings within a home entertainment system. The leading edge entertainment hub is built on a foundation of Wind River s market-leading operating system software and networking technology. Click here to view previous Cool Customer Design winners. Kenwood has already received several independent awards for Entre including a 2002 Design & Innovation Award from Popular Mechanics Magazine.
The Kenwood Sovereign Entre was jointly developed with OpenGlobe, Inc., a leading entertainment services and media device technologies provider, who integrated key aspects of the Audio and Video interface, delivering Internet services that make this device uniquely powerful. The OpenGlobe technology allows consumers to organize, manage and play their media as well as personally explore their media interests. The intuitive TV screen interface allows users to access movie and music metadata, cover art, Internet radio stations from Sirius Satellite Radio, Radio Free Virgin and a range of other "behind the entertainment" information via OpenGlobe Entertainment Services.
Additionally, this system connects to and controls other Kenwood Sovereign Audio and Video system components, while providing a streaming audio source for other devices on a home network, from its 20-gigabyte, high capacity music storage device. The reliability of Wind River s operating system and proven compliant networking technology helped simplify the integration and test burden in developing this highly connected device.
"The Kenwood Entre is a great example of how a proven integrated suite of partnerships, technology and outsourcing services can assist companies in moving reference technology into commercial product. By teaming with Wind River and partners like OpenGlobe in this manner, companies such as Kenwood are better able to focus on key innovation and product differentiation," said Dave Fraser, group vice president and general manager of Wind River s Networking business unit.
"Our customers rely on us to give them the best, cutting edge, innovative, proven products in the market today. With the help of OpenGlobe and Wind River s software we delivered on those promises," said Bob Law, Kenwood vice president of sales and marketing. "We are very pleased to be chosen for this Cool Customer Award for our Kenwood Sovereign Entre"
"Combining our technologies with Wind River has helped marquee brands such as Kenwood accelerate their time-to-market to deliver award-winning connected entertainment products that truly enhance the entertainment experience," said Bernie Sepaniak, President and CEO of OpenGlobe.
OpenGlobe, Inc., an affiliated company of Escient Technologies, LLC, is a leading entertainment services and media device technologies provider delivering simply powerful home entertainment. Working with world-class consumer electronics and personal computer manufacturers and core component suppliers, OpenGlobe seamlessly brings a world of entertainment capabilities into users home entertainment systems. Users can easily store and access their media collections, discover gaps, import and use digital media, create favorite playlists, or further access the OpenGlobe services to explore new artists or genres, get customized content, receive media recommendations, and opt into personalized CE-Commerce purchasing opportunities. Headquartered in Indianapolis, OpenGlobe sets the benchmark for products and services that entertain the concept of simplicity. www.OpenGlobe.NET
Founded in 1961, Kenwood USA Corporation is a leading developer and manufacturer of audio and video products for home, car, and personal use. Offering more than 250 products, Kenwood is one of the three largest selling brands of audio and video entertainment products in the United States and is recognized by consumers and the consumer electronics industry for providing superior quality, reliability and value. Kenwood USA Corporation, based in Long Beach, Calif., is the largest subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation (Japan).
Further information can be obtained by contacting Kenwood USA Corporation, P.O. Box 22745, Long Beach, CA 90801, by calling 1-800-KENWOOD, or by visiting www.kenwoodusa.com.
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