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Intel Sees Arrival Of Entertainment PCs In The Digital Home

  • 26 October, 2004 14:02

<p>INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei, 26 October, 2004 — Intel today showcased several of the first Entertainment PCs from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) in Asia.</p>
<p>Soaring sales of digital cameras, music players, CD/DVD players, digital TVs, personal video recorders (PVR) and a slew of other digital devices highlight the pervasiveness of digital entertainment. Consumers who want to enjoy this vast selection of digital content on their home TVs and stereos now have an easier way to do this due to this new category of the PCs: the Entertainment PC.</p>
<p>As the media “command centre” of the digital home, Entertainment PCs are designed to sit on an entertainment rack and work with a television set with a remote control or a wireless keyboard. It combines the functionality of home audio and video devices with the power of a high-performance multimedia computer.</p>
<p>“The Entertainment PC is primarily designed for the consumption of content,” said Tim Bailey, regional marketing manager, Desktop and Mobile Platforms, Intel Asia Pacific. “And we are happy to see our customers from Asia Pacific are offering the Entertainment PCs that fulfil consumers’ desire to enjoy content in and around their homes.”</p>
<p>A broad range of Entertainment PCs were shown today at the digital home pavilion of the Intel Developer Forum Tech Showcase in Taipei. They included systems from Asus, Belta, FIC, Gigabyte, Tatung, TCL and Wistron.</p>
<p>“In addition to the models being shown at the Showcase, Optima and Samsung will be offering the Entertainment PCs,” added Mr. Bailey.</p>
<p>In Intel’s vision of the digital home, the PC, consumer electronics, wireless communications and digital content industries will work together to eliminate the boundaries between devices that both compute and communicate, and consumer electronics products that entertain. In the digital home, consumers have the ability to enjoy their content – entertainment and multimedia, on their terms with effortless, seamless, wireless access to any content, anywhere, on any device.</p>
<p>The Entertainment PC acts as a combined CD/DVD player and recorder, FM stereo and music server, and personal video recorder. By adding a broadband connection, an Entertainment PC becomes an on-demand entertainment store, allowing users to download the latest movies, music, news and more.</p>
<p>“The Entertainment PC is an all-in-one digital film vault, music collection, photo gallery and game room. And with it, a consumer can experience cinematic quality entertainment at home without ever leaving his or her favourite chair,” added Mr. Bailey.</p>
<p>Based on Intel® Pentium® 4 processors supporting Hyper-Threading Technology (1) and the Intel® 915 Express Chipset, high-performance Entertainment PCs have the power to simultaneously perform demanding tasks such as watching a DVD while recording a live TV program or playing an interactive game while downloading a movie in the background.</p>
<p>At the digital home pavilion of the Intel Developer Forum Tech Showcase, visitors can experience wireless gaming on a large plasma screen in the living room, extension of personal content such as music or photos to other devices around the home wirelessly, viewing of high definition video with a home theatre setting, and gain a first-hand experience of the versatility and quality multimedia performance of the Entertainment PCs.</p>
<p>About Intel</p>
<p>Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.</p>
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<p>(1) Hyper-Threading Technology requires a computer system with an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology and an HT Technology enabled chipset, BIOS and operating system. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software you use. See www.intel.com/info/hyperthreading/ for more information including details on which processors support HT Technology.</p>
<p>For more information, please contact:</p>
<p>Daniel Anderson
Intel Australia Pty Ltd
Tel: +61 2 9937 5886
Mob: +61 0418 686 775
Email: daniel.anderson@intel.com</p>
<p>Debbie Sassine
Spectrum Communications
Tel: +61 2 9954 3299
Email: debbies@spectrumcomms.com.au</p>

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