Intel's processing power and Philips' home entertainment mojo are about to join forces. Latest word from the IFA show in Berlin, is that Intel and Philips will get together to manufacture and market home entertainment centers with Intel chips. The Philips Showline Media Center, as it will be called, will allow the sharing and storage of photos, music, and video with Microsoft's Window Media Center 2005. This PC-based machine features two TV tuner cards, 250GB hard drive, a CD/DVD recorder, Wi-Fi, a multi-format card reader (that can read SD/MMC/Compact Flash/Memory Stick), two FireWire ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and of course, a 3Ghz Pentium 4 processor.
Apparently it'll be out in Europe starting October 2005, though we're not sure on the pricing and its availability in the rest of the world. This coincides quite nicely with Intel's VIIV initiative, Intel's latest haphazard attempt at grokking the consumer electronics market. It'll be interesting to see if consumers catch on to the ever-increasing integration of the PC in the living room.
Intel, Philips Partner For Home Entertainment [ExtremeTech]