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Intel announces new digital entertainment platforms

Posted: 10 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel? digital entertainment? wireless laptop? Consumer Electronics Show? CES?

Intel Corp. President and CEO Paul Otellini unveiled two platforms and several content alliances that promise to provide the foundation for new experiences from digital entertainment and wireless laptops at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada last week.

Noting the transformation now underway in entertainment, Otellini introduced the company's new home platformIntel Viiv technologyand several commitments from top U.S. and international entertainment companies, including AOL, DIRECTV, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting's GameTap, ESPN, Televisa and Eros.

According to the press release, Viiv technology-based entertainment PCs will help make it easier for families to download, store, view, manage and share all kinds of digital entertainment and information on a choice of TV, PC, laptop and hand-held viewing screens.

Meanwhile, the Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology promises to improve performance and battery life of wireless laptops. Otellini also introduced the Intel Core Duo processorpowerful dual core silicon supporting the Intel Centrino Duo and certain Intel Viiv technology models.

"With our new platforms, we're not only boosting wireless computing, but also advancing digital entertainment a few steps closer to effortless," said Otellini. "Just as we enabled exciting new norms with wireless broadband laptops, we're working with computer, consumer electronics and entertainment companies to make home entertainment easier. Our unique processors, tailored platform features and joint work with these industries exemplify our push to advance on-demand delivery of movies, TV, music, games and photos to any home on virtually any screen."

Intel Viiv (rhymes with "five") technology includes a suite of Intel-based hardware and software that, along with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, offers exciting new entertainment experiences, said the company. Based on a choice of Intel Pentium D, Pentium Processor Extreme Edition and Intel Core Duo processors, these PCs will reflect a variety of features, prices and designs.

PCs based on the platform will have a variety of entertainment options, including support for both a minimum of 5.1 or higher surround sound and high-definition video. Systems may also instantly turn on and off with the touch of a button (when enabled, after initial boot) and could be used with TV-like remote controls when included with the system or purchased separately. Viiv technology platforms will include the new Intel 945/955/975 Express chipset family and Intel PRO/1000 PM or Intel PRO/100 VE/VM network connection.

The company also disclosed that they plan to introduce more than 20 new processors, chipsets and other products this month.

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