Embedded Streaming Media Servers
Internet based Streaming Media Servers have been around for a few years now. In general, they provide the ability to deliver a relative low bit rate media stream through the Internet to a client running on a PC, workstation, or other device. Embedded Streaming Media Servers (ESMS) are a little bit different animal. Their intended usage is significantly different and the entire concept is much less mature than its Internet oriented cousin. It may even be true that the ultimate ESMS usage doesn?t exist yet and must still be visualized in the (perhaps) distant future. What a wonderful opportunity and challenge for embedded designers. Today they can design products to fill the immediate needs. They also have the opportunity to define the capabilities and operation of future generations of in-home media servers. For the embedded systems designer, Embedded Streaming Media Servers present the frontier of sophisticated mass-market consumer equipment. Inexpensive extremely large hard drives and the ever falling price of memory and high-powered processors make consumer media servers economically feasible. This paper discusses various aspects of building Embedded Streaming Media Servers. It assumes some familiarity with embedded systems.
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