Intel plans to preview the next generation of the Entertainment PC next week
at the Intel Developer Forum, with heavy emphasis on audio fidelity. While the
current EPC can record and process video like a PVR, it has to date lacked the
auditory refinements of a stereo component. The new features are designed to
address that weakness. Some of the new features of the next-generation EPC
include:

  • New multi-channel 64-bit "reality amplifier" that "fills the gap created
    by the digital compression process", producing more vibrant audio for games,
    movies and MP3s
  • Sigmatel 9221 codec that supports Intel’s High-Definition Audio standard,
    with 8-channel uncompressed output from the optical port
  • 9-channel software equalizer from Acon Digital Media, called StudioEQ
  • speaker management with adjustable speaker delay and crossover settings
    for each pair of speakers

The future EPCs will take advantage of Intel’s dual-core technology and "Vanderpool"
virtualization technology to allow the box to perform office-like functionality
simultaneously, perhaps on different screens.

Intel plans to preview the next generation of the Entertainment PC next week
at the Intel Developer Forum, with heavy emphasis on audio fidelity. While the
current EPC can record and process video like a PVR, it has to date lacked the
auditory refinements of a stereo component. The new features are designed to
address that weakness. Some of the new features of the next-generation EPC
include:

  • New multi-channel 64-bit "reality amplifier" that "fills the gap created
    by the digital compression process", producing more vibrant audio for games,
    movies and MP3s
  • Sigmatel 9221 codec that supports Intel’s High-Definition Audio standard,
    with 8-channel uncompressed output from the optical port
  • 9-channel software equalizer from Acon Digital Media, called StudioEQ
  • speaker management with adjustable speaker delay and crossover settings
    for each pair of speakers

The future EPCs will take advantage of Intel’s dual-core technology and "Vanderpool"
virtualization technology to allow the box to perform office-like functionality
simultaneously, perhaps on different screens.