First batch of VIIV PCs will not support DMA

Written by Tim Smalley

January 2, 2006 | 12:03

Tags: #adapter #av #consumer #digital #dma #home #media #playstation-3 #theatre #viiv #wireless #xbox-360

Companies: #intel

According to a report on Digitimes, the first batch of VIIV PCs will not have Digital Media Adapter capabilities built into them.

Later this week, Intel will launch its VIIV platform for consumer PCs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 9th. We unveiled this platform to you during the last Intel Developer Forum, held at the end of August.

The Digital Media Adapter - which is designed by Intel - is a similar size to a conventional digital set-top box and connects to consumer appliances like televisions, using a standard AV cable. It is capable of accessing files stored on a computer via an 802.11g wireless network and is said to cost no more than $199, but as little as $99, depending on the devices' feature set.

VIIV PCs will eventually feature DMA capabilities, but these capabilities will not come until VIIV 1.5 is released. With this in mind, you wouldn't be far off thinking that the first batch of VIIV PCs will be nothing more than high-end entertainment PCs, much like the Evesham Mini PC Plus that we reviewed today.

The digital home is coming, but we're going to have to wait a little longer before it becomes a true reality. PC manufacturers need to hone in on the right set of features at a price that will appeal to a wide audience. Let's not forget that these consumer PCs will be in a similar market to the likes of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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