Intel unveils new entertainment platforms


Intel unveils new entertainment platforms

Antony Savvas

Intel has unveiled a clutch of new PC platforms and content deals that will allow users to access more broadband-based entertainment services.

At the Consumer Electronics Show today in Las Vegas, Intel chief executive Paul Otellini unveiled two new platforms and several content alliances for desktops and mobile laptops.

Otellini introduced the company’s new Intel Viiv (rhymes with “five”) home platform and several US content alliances from the likes of AOL, DIRECTV, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting’s GameTap, ESPN, Televisa and Eros.

These and other alliances will bring millions of songs, movies, programmes and games to the PC in 2006, said Otellini.

Intel 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 range of TV, PC, laptop and hand-held viewing screens, Otellini said.

In addition, the new Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology is said to improve performance and battery life for the fast-growing wireless laptop market segment.

Otellini also introduced the Intel Core Duo processor – a dual-core silicon solution that supports the Intel Centrino Duo and certain Intel Viiv technology platforms.

“With our new platforms, we are not only boosting wireless computing, but also advancing digital entertainment a few steps closer to effortless,” said Otellini.

Intel Viiv technology includes a suite of Intel-based hardware and software that, along with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 software, supports broadband-based entertainment.

Based on a choice of Pentium D, Pentium Processor Extreme Edition and Intel Core Duo processors, these PC solutions will come in a variety of designs including all-in-one hybrid TVs and book-sized PCs.


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