Intel Viiv Technology : New Platform For Digital Home
The Intel Viiv technology was disclosed for the first time at the Intel
Developer Forum today. PCs based on Intel Viiv technology will be easy to use
with a remote control and will be powered by a suite of Intel technologies,
including a dual-core processor, chipset, platform software and wired networking
capabilities. Intel Viiv technology-based entertainment PCs are expected to be
available from a number of system manufacturers worldwide in the first quarter
of 2006 and will come in various shapes and sizes to fit different styles and
sizes of homes.
A new kind of personal computer (PC) will premiere in homes early next year
when Intel Corporation introduces Intel® Viiv™ technology* designed to enrich
consumers’ enjoyment of digital entertainment.
Working together with a variety of Intel-verified consumer electronics
devices, online services and software — including movies, music, photos and
games — Intel Viiv (pronounced “vīv” and rhymes with “five”) technology,
disclosed for the first time at the Intel Developer Forum today, will help usher
in a new era of entertainment choices for consumers. PCs based on Intel Viiv
technology will be easy to use with a remote control and will be powered by a
suite of Intel technologies, including a dual-core processor, chipset, platform
software and wired networking capabilities.
“Intel Viiv technology is our first platform designed from the ground up for
the digital home, where consumers are passionate about the idea of accessing
their content anytime, anywhere in their home on a number of devices,” said Don
MacDonald, vice president and general manager, Intel Digital Home Group.
“Following the success of Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology, we are applying a
similar branding strategy to our new digital home platform composed of Intel’s
latest PC technologies. Intel Viiv technology marks the intersection point where
innovation, a multitude of digital devices, first-class entertainment and state
of the art technology converge to put consumers in more control of experiencing
digital entertainment on their own terms.”
The Intel Viiv technology brand name communicates the excitement, vibrancy
and vividness of the latest technologies that enable people to have a great
entertainment experience in the home.
Sneak Preview of Intel Branded Platform for Digital Home PCs
Consumers will be able to get Intel Viiv technology-based systems in a
variety of form factors — from small, sleek consumer electronic-type designs
(similar to a stereo component or DVD player), to more traditional desktop or
Intel also integrated consumer electronic features into the Intel Viiv
technology platform to make it easier to use and contribute to the overall
entertainment experience. All PCs based on Intel Viiv technology will ship with
a remote control, the Microsoft Windows** Media Center Edition operating system
and media software that lets consumers interact with their PC in the same way
they operate a TV. Consumers are enabled to watch a movie or play a game while
also downloading the latest music, all from one integrated system using a remote
In another TV-like function, consumers will be able to quickly turn their PCs
on and off (after initial boot-up) with the touch of a button through a new
platform feature called Intel® Quick Resume Technology. Each Intel Viiv
technology-based PC will also ship with 5.1 surround sound (with optional
support for up to 7.1 surround sound) for home theater-quality sound.
With an optional TV tuner card, this same PC will be able to record, pause,
and rewind live TV programs, and store them on the hard drive for later viewing.
Consumers will also be able to enjoy content on demand. Intel Viiv
technology-based PCs will connect easily to the latest online entertainment
services, enabling movie and music downloads, as well as access to the latest
games — all viewed and played from the comfort of the couch.
As more content is digitized, consumers want the freedom to move it around
their homes and between their devices using a home network. To help make setting
up a home network easier for consumers, Intel Viiv technology will include
specially-designed software. The software will contain a network configuration
wizard that can be navigated with the system’s remote control, making it easy
for consumers to connect many devices including portable media players, DVD
players, TV sets and stereos.
Intel Viiv technology also includes an integrated media server “engine” that
can reformat various digital content files so they can be viewed on a selection
of devices verified by Intel to work with Intel Viiv technology-based systems.
Additionally, Intel worked with the PC, CE and content industries to set
interoperability specifications so that consumers can easily move a variety of
online media from room to room and between various devices in the home network.
Intel Viiv technology-based systems will handle multiple computer-intensive
tasks simultaneously, a growing consumer expectation identified through years of
Intel research examining how people interact with technology in the home. Intel
dual-core processors allow multiple people to use one PC at the same time from
different rooms in the house. For example, kids can download and watch a movie
on the Intel Viiv technology-based PC in the family room, while parents listen
to music streamed from the same PC through a digital media adapter to the stereo
in another room.
Coming to Home Theaters in 2006: Intel Viiv Technology
Intel Viiv technology-based entertainment PCs are expected to be available from
a number of system manufacturers worldwide in the first quarter of 2006 and will
come in various shapes and sizes to fit different styles and sizes of homes.