Bookmark and Share


Advanced Micro Devices during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) formally announced its AMD Live! program under which partners of the world’s second largest maker of microprocessors will manufacture media center personal computers with advanced set of capabilities for managing digital media.

Personal computers (PCs) branded as AMD Live! should run Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition and be able to stream music through their entertainment center, view and share photos on the TV, burn recorded TV shows, videos, music and pictures to a DVD or CD, or transfer this same content to a notebook, MP3, portable media player or personal digital assistant. AMD said such PCs will be powered by AMD Athlon 64 X2 processors and will be equipped with remote controllers.

Sunnyvale, California-based chipmaker did not unveil any particular initiatives regarding its Live! media center computers, but it is obvious that the main thing AMD will insist on is its processor inside the box. Unlike Intel with its Viiv, AMD will not force computer makers to acquire certain chipsets or install specifically developed software just to use the brand-name.

But such an approach mean that AMD Live! branded computers will not be able to perform certain functions out of the box, which means that customers acquiring such machines are not guaranteed to get the type of functionality they are looking forward. Potentially, AMD Live! PCs may not offer as lot of functionality as Intel Viiv computers will feature software that will allow to rent, download or purchase content or games; subscribe to services; edit photos or create videos. 

Companies like Alienware, ATI Technologies, Broadcom, Motorola, Nero, Nvidia and Via Technologies. It is expected that the first AMD Live! PCs will emerge in mid-2006.

Separately AMD announced collaboration with ST Microelectronics under which the two companies would develop technologies that will potentially add interactivity to television. The first step is a network-connected set-top box reference design based on ST’s new STB710x single chip solutions for set-top boxes. This combination is designed to deliver a world-class, high-definition (H.264, WM9), cable, satellite, terrestrial, or IP set-top box. When connected to a desktop or notebook PC via a home network, the TV experience can be transformed from traditional and “linear” to a new, interactive experience, the companies indicated.


Comments currently: 1
Discussion started: 01/20/06 12:21:25 PM
Latest comment: 01/20/06 12:21:26 PM

Add your Comment

Related news

Latest News

Monday, April 14, 2014

8:23 am | Microsoft Vows to Release Xbox 360 Emulator for Xbox One. Microsoft Xbox One May Gain Compatibility with Xbox 360 Games

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

10:39 am | Microsoft Reveals Kinect for Windows v2 Hardware. Launch of New Kinect for Windows Approaches

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

1:57 pm | Facebook to Acquire Virtual Reality Pioneer, Oculus VR. Facebook Considers Virtual Reality as Next-Gen Social Platform

1:35 pm | Intel Acquires Maker of Wearable Computing Devices. Basis Science Becomes Fully-Owned Subsidiary of Intel

Monday, March 24, 2014

10:53 pm | Global UHD TV Shipments Total 1.6 Million Units in 2013 – Analysts. China Ahead of the Whole World with 4K TV Adoption

10:40 pm | Crytek to Adopt AMD Mantle Mantle API for CryEngine. Leading Game Developer Adopts AMD Mantle

9:08 pm | Microsoft Unleashes DirectX 12: One API for PCs, Mobile Gadgets and Xbox One. Microsoft Promises Increased Performance, New Features with DirectX 12

3:33 pm | PowerVR Wizard: Imagination Reveals World’s First Ray-Tracing GPU IP for Mobile Devices. Imagination Technologies Brings Ray-Tracing, Hybrid Rendering Modes to Smartphones and Tablets

2:00 pm | Nokia Now Expects to Close Deal with Microsoft in Q2. Sale of Nokia’s Division to Close Next Month