Intel Corporation has unveiled two platforms and several content alliances that provide the foundation for new experiences from digital entertainment and wireless laptops -- and include the new high-performance, low-power Intel Core Duo processor.
Noting the transformation now underway in entertainment, Intel president Paul S. Otellini introduced the company's new home platform -- Intel Viiv technology -- and several commitments from top U.S. and international entertainment companies including AOL, DIRECTV, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting's GameTap, ESPN, Televisa and Eros. ClickStar announced its first feature film, "10 Items or Less," with a plan for an Internet premiere within weeks of its theatrical release, an industry first.
These and other developments will bring millions of songs, movies, programs and games to the PC in 2006.
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 choice of TV, PC, laptop and hand-held viewing screens.
Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology improves performance and battery life for the fast-growing wireless laptop market segment. Otellini also introduced the ground-breaking Intel Core Duo processor - powerful dual core silicon supporting the Intel Centrino Duo and certain Intel Viiv technology models.
The processor is well equipped to deliver performance-per-watt efficiency and sleek designs for entertainment PCs, notebooks and CE-like devices.
New Intel home and mobile platforms
Intel Viiv (rhymes with "five") technology includes a suite of Intel-based hardware and software that, along with Microsoft Windows XP Media Centre Edition 2005, offers exciting new entertainment experiences.
Based on a choice of powerful Intel Pentium D, Pentium Processor Extreme Edition and Intel Core Duo processors, these PCs will reflect a variety of features, prices and stylish designs - including "all-in-one" hybrid TVs and book-sized PCs.
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. Intel 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.
Later this year, the platform will add features that will simplify the set-up of a home network and the ability to transfer digital content from the PC to other devices.
Otellini also pointed out a number of features that can make Centrino(r) Duo mobile technology the ultimate on-the-go entertainment system. In addition to performance, battery life and wireless connectivity options, systems will be available in a variety of sizes from thin and light laptops to more powerful ones with 17-inch plus widescreens -- and surround sound, enhanced graphics and high-definition TV support depending on the model. The Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset family and Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection also are new.
More than 200 PC makers plan to sell hundreds of unique PC and laptop models using these new products and platforms. Intel expects to sell tens of millions of these platforms and processors in 2006 using its 65-nanometer and 300 millimetre manufacturing capabilities that enable more energy efficient and affordable consumer products.
Otellini also highlighted several new worldwide entertainment commitments to make digital programming available through Intel Viiv technology and PCs, including:
* AOL -AOL Music On Demand, AOL Radio featuring XM Satellite Radio and AOL Pictures this month; AOL Music Now and AOL Video featuring the "AOL Hi-Q" high-quality video format coming later this year.
* ClickStar - The entertainment company will introduce its first film, "10 Items or Less," via the Internet just weeks after its theatrical release.
* DIRECTV - The leading digital TV service provider will make its programming seamlessly available on PCs, laptops and media players through its verified set-top.
* ESPN - ESPN.com Motion will feature sports highlights in high definition plus Full Court* with 300 collegiate basketball games in full-screen broadcast quality.
* Eros - The largest international distributor in the Indian film industry ("Bollywood") plans to make its digital content portal and future digital video services available on-demand.
* Grupo Televisa - The largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world will provide a wide choice of popular soap operas, sporting events, news and music.
* MTV Networks - MTV said it will optimise a number of its channels for Intel Viiv technology ranging from Comedy Central's "MotherLoad" to MTV's "Overdrive”.
* NBC - NBC will deliver select highlights in high resolution of all 17 days of the 2006 Winter Olympics exclusively to Intel Viiv technology-based PCs, with other joint efforts later.
* Shanghai Media Group - China's top media group will deliver its digital movies, TV dramas, exclusive interactive programming and other live content.
* Turner Broadcasting's GameTap - A first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network, GameTap will bring hundreds of diverse videos and games to the "10-foot" TV screen.