Local whitebox builders are planning to pit their skills against the world's best after Intel put a $1 million bounty on the design of a small and stylish media centre PC.
Announced at last week's Intel Developer Forum in the US, the competition is looking for somebody to build a model that looks at home in the lounge. It must be based on Intel's Viiv technology and Core 2 Duo processor.
"We talk to Intel every couple of days but haven't heard anything yet," Plus Corporation managing director, Nigel Fernandes, said. "We'd be keen to give it a go."
Fernandes said Viiv had been a quiet technology to date but predicted the competition might enliven the market.
Westan executive director, Kamil Aghtan, and Altech national sales manager, Kevin Hartin, are also ready to give it a shot.
"We'll definitely be entering something," Aghtan said. "This is still a fairly immature market but the low heat output of Core 2 Duo will see form factors getting smaller and smaller."
One local builder not interested in taking part, despite a passion for the media centre concept in general, is Alloys International product development manager, Phil Gibbs.
"There's no point playing unless you've got the money to develop a very small and special case," he said. "There are a couple of boxes already around that you could use, but how many other people are going to do that?"