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Intel unveils new platform for digital entertainment

Posted: 26 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intel developer forum? the mobile consumer? viiv? centrino?

Intel Corp. has unveiled a new platform brand for home entertainment featuring the latest dual-core technology at the Intel Developer Forum Fall 2005. While Centrino is targeted at the mobile consumer, Viiv (rhymes with "five") is designed to enrich consumers' digital entertainment experience in the home.

Systems based on Viiv will feature different Intel technologies, including a dual-core processor, chipset, platform software and wired networking capabilities all housed in a small form factor. Viiv follows on the Centrino branding strategy and is an important component of Intel's digital home platform. "Intel Viiv technology is our first platform designed from the ground up for the digital home, where consumers are passionate about the idea of accessing their content anytime, anywhere in their home on a number of devices," said Don MacDonald, VP and general manager for Intel's Digital Home Group.

PCs using the Viiv technology will ship with the Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition operating system, a remote-control software that allows users to interact with their Viiv-enabled PC in the same way they operate a TV. Like TVs, Viiv PCs can be turned on or off with a press of a button on the remote control. Consumers can also record, pause and rewind, and store live TV programs on an optional TV tuner card.

To ensure interoperability, Intel worked with PC, CE and content industries to ease digital content distribution between different devices in the home network. The dual-core processor system will allow consumers to do multiple computer-intensive tasks simultaneously. Consumers can watch movies or play games in one room while streaming music to their home stereo in another room. Viiv-technology-based PCs will have built-in "engines" that can convert different file formats to suit different digital devices.

Availability of Intel Viiv-based entertainment PCs is scheduled for the first half of 2006 and will come in various forms from system manufacturers. Consumers will have a range of options, depending on what will suit their home lifestyle.

Dave Ledesma

Electronics Engineering Times- Asia

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