IDF San Francisco: Intel Introduces VIIV Home Entertainment Platform
Early next year Intel is to be offering the VIIV home entertainment platform.
It will be the first Intel´s platform initially developed for digital homes. VIIV-based systems can feature usual desktop PC cases or stylized as consumer electronics devices.
Speaking of capabilities, all VIIV-based machines will be shipped with remote controls, Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition and multimedia applications.
Another innovation is Intel Quick Resume that enables to quickly change PC modes (after initial boot-up). Some models will feature TV tuners. Moreover, each VIIV-based machine will feature 5.1ch or 7.1ch sound card to use the PC as a base of a home theatre.
To simplify the deployment of such entertainment networks, which may consist of multimedia players, DVD players, TV sets, stereo systems, and other VIIV-certified devices, bundles will include special network configuration software.
The first VIIV machines are expected in the market in Q1´2006.
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