Bad news for NVIDIA, whose Tegra 2 chipset has been dropped by D-Link and Boxee for the upcoming Boxee Box by D-Link. According to Boxee's Avner Ronen, despite NVIDIA's hype the Tegra 2 chipset couldn't cope with H.264 HD video as it was able to with high-profile VC-1, and as such they replaced it with Intel's Atom CE4100. Boxee has partnered with Amazon and Best Buy to kick off preorders of the now $229 Boxee Box later on today.
Update: Boxee has been in touch to let us know that, while the MRSP of the Boxee Box will be $229, it'll be up for preorder - and have a street price - of $199.
Intel pulled the wraps off a new SoC at IDF designed to support Internet TV. The new SoC is built on a 45nm process and is called the Intel Atom CE4100. The part is the newest in the Intel line of SoC media processors and is designed to offer Internet content and services on devices like Digital TVs, DVD players and set-top boxes.
Streaming STBs like Logitech's Revue and the Boxee Box are hugely flexible, but as Google and other have discovered, content owners are turning out to be pretty cautious with who and what can access their multimedia. Amino reckon that's a gap in the market; its Freedom Jump uses the same Intel Atom CE4100 as the Revue and Boxee Box, topped with MeeGo, but is designed to work alongside existing operator pay-TV STBs rather than bypassing them.
First ASUS tried to borrow Microsoft's Kinect motion-tracking cleverness for their oddly named WAVI Xtion; now Softkinetic is punting its own gesture-based home entertainment experience. The Softkinetic system uses the company's iisu ("the Interface Is U") 3D gesture recognition software with a 3D/RGB/Audio camera from Optrima to control an Atom CE4100 based STB.
Intel may just have got its Atom CE4100 SoC into the Boxee Box, among other STBs, but they're not resting on their laurels; the company has just announced the new Intel Atom CE4200 SoC, the successor to the CE4100. Meanwhile Microsoft and Acer have taken to the IFD 2010 stage to show off Windows Media Center Embedded, a combination of the existing Windows Embedded Standard 7 and the software company's existing Media Center variant.
Google TV, according to those invested in the project, is going to bring you the next generation of TV. Basically, that means it's going to be bigger than big. Some might even say huge. And with partners like these, we imagine that Google may be right in their assumption. Of course, we've detailed Google TV for you already, but it never hurts to bring you the full press release, now does it?
AMD's Fusion-based APU may have taken a while to reach the market, but it seems the company is wasting no time taking on Intel's Atom range for low-power applications. The latest is the AMD Embedded G-Series, an x86 Bobcat core with an integrated GPU and DirectX 11 support, designed to slot into set-top boxes, SFF PCs and more.
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Complete integration between computing and television has been dreamed about in the past, but recently the merging between them seems much more imminent. Boxee, software that brings intelligent capabilities to television, will be showcased by ViewSonic this CES. It will run an Intel® Atom™ processor CE4100 and will allow you to surf throughout the net, check Facebook, Twitter, and even stream Pandora or movies from Netflix.
You can't accuse Google of being unambitious. Not content with having their Android OS take great bites out of the smartphone market, the search giant has also put it to work as the core of Google TV, a new play for the home entertainment segment. Most early-adopters will dip their tow with the Logitech Revue, a compact set-top box with a not-so-compact $300 price tag. The promise is that Google TV harnesses the power of search and online media to the breadth of broadcast television, but does the Revue deliver? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.