The second part of today's keynote focused on Intel's Digital Home initiatives. Below you'll find Intel's Digital Home platform roadmap:

Intel also showed off a Mac mini-like dual core Yonah desktop system, running a pre-release copy of City of Villains.

We can expect even more small form factor systems next year as Intel really drives their average power consumption down with the move to 65nm and their next-generation architectures.

One interesting use of Intel's dual core technology in the Digital Home was demonstrated in a Hitachi media PC. Armed with a dual core CPU, the Hitachi PC uses some intelligent algorithms to, if the user desires, determine the most exciting parts of a full soccer game and present those clips to the user.

At the end of the keynote, Intel introduced their Premium Entertainment Experience Brand (basically the equivalent of Centrino in the Digital Home world): the Intel VIIV (pronounced vive) brand.

All VIIV PCs come standard with a remote control and Intel Quick Resume technology, allowing your PC to turn on and off instantaneously like a CE device (after the initial boot).The demo Intel performed was truly faster than most TVs with how quickly it turned off and on.

All VIIV PCs will be dual core processors, partially because all VIIV PCs should be able to transcode media into formats that media extenders can play, as quickly as possible.

VIIV PCs also require Windows MCE as well as a specific Intel chipset.

VIIV will launch in the first quarter of 2006, most likely alongside the new 65nm Pentium D processors.



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  • PrinceGaz - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 - link

    I can think of two ways that "vive" can be pronounced.

    a) two syllables as in the words: VIsion - tee-VEE, to give VI-VEE
    b) single syllable almost like FIVE, but with a V instead of an F

    which of them is it?
  • UNCjigga - Thursday, August 25, 2005 - link

    You think that if Intel was hoping to revive the BTX spec, they would require all VIIV logoed PCs to use the BTX form factor. But we all know that BTX was Intel's stopgap solution to Prescott's horrible thermal characteristics. Looks like they will let it die once their cooler-running chips come out. Reply
  • CZroe - Thursday, August 25, 2005 - link

    So I guess that means Windows XP Media Center 64-bit Edition is on the way. :) Otherwise, you couldn't have a 64-bit OS and call it "VIIV" due to the MCE requirement. w00t Reply
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, August 25, 2005 - link

    Yonah doesn't have 64-bit extensions (as far as I'm aware), so 64-bit is not going to be required. Which makes the VI = 6, IV = 4 comment above simple coincidence, I guess. Reply
  • Aenslead - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    Wow... those guys at the Inquirer really know their business. They showed that logo more than two months ago, the VIIV... which, acording to them, also relates to 64, in roman numbers (VI = 6, IV = 4) Reply
  • plinden - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    6 and 4 maybe, but not 64. That would LXIV. Reply
  • AnnihilatorX - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    Ueah. But LXIV doesn't have symmetry

    VIIV resembles dual core as 2 cores ly side by side
  • AnnihilatorX - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    Damn spelling sorry. A bit drunk

    Yeah* and Lie*
  • creathir - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    First they are naming their chipsets and technologies after Texas cities (Bulverde and Conroe) now they are ripping off logos of Texas companies. Does the VIIV logo not look REALLY similar to the logo for VIA Transit (bus system here in San Antonio):">

    - Creathir
  • jamawass - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    You've got to hand it to Intel marketing. A twelve year old core (Pentium Pro, right?)now repackaged as the best thing since sliced bread. Bolt on an additional core and call it "vive". Reply

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