NVIDIA have made an announcement today highlighting the use of their PureVideo HD technology (a feature of their GeForce lineup) to deliver HD DVD content across many of HP's current range of desktop and notebook PCs.
Check out the press material here folks.
SANTA CLARA, CA-SEPTEMBER 29, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that NVIDIA GeForce® graphics processing units (GPUs) featuring PureVideo HD technology are powering the outstanding HD DVD experience delivered on some of the latest HP consumer desktop and notebook PCs. The new PureVideo HD-equipped PCs from HP enable consumers to enjoy HD DVD movies with superb clarity in high definition.1
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NVIDIA have announced today that their GoForce mobile GPUs are now powering some of the world's first mobile TV production roll-outs.
Full details over at NV's press room.
DVB-H, or Digital Video Broadcasting for handheld devices, delivers digital broadcast quality TV to your mobile phone. NVIDIA GoForce handheld GPUs provide hardware acceleration for Mobile TV, delivering higher quality visuals than devices using only software, and with less drain on the battery thanks to innovative power saving technologies employed by the GPU.
The first of these devices to launch were the Samsung P910 and P920 in Italy, and soon to be available in the US is the Forseer device, designed and manufactured by HTC, and coming to market with Modeo, a subsidiary of Crown Castle International.
This is certainly a huge leap forward in the world of removable storage, TDK have just created a functional 200GB Blu-Ray Disc, made up of 6 layers capable of holding 33GB each. Its only in prototype stages at the moment but hopefully wont be too long down the track before they start popping up in large numbers (although no doubt with a rather hefty price tag).
TDK, a leading maker of recordable medias, said that it had finally created a prototype of its 200GB Blu-ray disc. The company does not say when it will be actually able to commercially ship the technology.
"The ultra-ambitious technology roadmap for Blu-ray has now been confirmed as realistic, with landmarks such as this proving the long-term value of the format against its rivals. TDK was the first to develop a prototype 100GB recordable Blu-ray disc, and yet again, our landmark achievement in creating a 200GB disc is affirming the company's position as a true pioneer in advancing the capabilities of optical media," said Bruce Youmans, TDK vice president of product research & development.
The world of Blu-ray looks to be heating up some more with news over at the DailyTech today of Hitachi-LG having released a Blu-ray equipped PC and seperate 4x Blu-ray burner.
LG's official press release can also be located here.
Update: Hardware Zone have just published a review on it as well.
Hitachi-LG has launched a new 4x Blu-ray equipped PC and Blu-ray burner. We first got a taste of the GBW-H10N last month, but it looks like the drive is officially on the store shelves in Japan now.
LG's XPION X600 series desktop PC features Blu-ray high definition video playback capabilities. The Blu-ray playback component of the XPION X600 is provided by LG's Super Multi Blue drive that supports Blu-ray and DVD formats. Backing the Blu-ray drive is an NVIDIA GeForce 7900GT with HDCP compatibility and Pentium D 945 processor. Also included with the XPION X600 systems is 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 320GB hard drive.
Eeek, although ATI had started shipping their new "TV Wonder 650" cards no more then a week or so ago, turns out they've had to issue a major recall on them for reasons which remain unclear at this stage. Better sooner rather than later when thousands have them in their loungeroom I guess.
In what appears to be a quick retail turnaround, ATI has issued a major nationwide recall of its ATI TV Wonder 650 graphics cards. Although details of the recall remain unclear and ATI has not issued official reasons for the recall, several readers have emailed DailyTech noting that the TV Wonder 650 cards have begun disappearing from store shelves.
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Two new dedicated TV tuner solutions have made their way into ATI's lineup today, one of these based on ATI's recently announced Theater 650 Pro single-chip hardware MPEG2 encoder and video decoder; this card falls into their lineup as the "TV Wonder 650". The lower spec'd "TV Wonder 200" is more of a no-frills software driven tuner card which uses a Conexant TV decoder.
The DailyTech has all the details on them folks.
To enhance video quality the Theater 650 Pro supports video enhancement features such as 3:2 pull-down, motion compensated noise reduction and edge enhancement. There's also an integrated hardware DRM engine for support of the upcoming broadcast flag. FM radio capabilities are also supported. The TV Wonder 650 also comes with a Remote Wonder Plus wireless RF remote control too. ATI's TV Wonder 650 is compatible with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and upcoming Windows Vista.
A new DVB-S2 capable PCI-Express based dual-tuner card has just entered the market from Micronas, they call it the "MicSidewinder 2D-X". It sports a ton of nice features for your home theatre setup, as detailed in their official announcement here folks.
Freiburg, Germany, August 8, 2006 - Micronas (SWX Swiss Exchange: MASN), a leading supplier of innovative application-specific IC system solutions for consumer electronics, today announced the launch of MicSidewinder® 2D-X, a dual-tuner DVB-S2 PCI Express® card reference design for home theater solutions. Each channel of the MicSidewinder 2D-X supports the new DVB-S2 standard enabling full HDTV quality, as well as the legacy DVB-S standard for SDTV. Equipped with two symmetric receiver channels the design enables PiP and PVR applications.
Micronas worked closely with STMicroelectronics, the world's leading supplier of ICs for set-top boxes, and CyberLink to create a production quality reference design that is truly ready for the living room. Compatibility with Windows XP Media Center and CyberLink's PowerCinema Home Theater application makes a PC equipped with MicSidewinder 2D-X a complete PVR capable satellite receiver system.
Although still way too pricey to be considered a mainstream form of media storage just yet, it's good to see Sony have released a Blu-ray Disc Recorder selling at only $750 (compared to the $1,000ish price tags slapped on other models released to date).
Sony has released its BWU-100A Blu-ray disc drive for computer systems. The BWU-100A is a standard 5.25" PATA disc drive with playback and recording support for Blu-ray discs. Playback of Blu-ray movies will be supported with the BWU-100A, however, an HDCP compliant graphics card and display is required to playback protected AACS content. A high definition display is also required to experience the full 1080 lines of high definition goodness.
Looks like both the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formats will be made compatible for reading AND burning by a single drive after all, at least based on a new technology by Ricoh which involves a "diffraction plate" this seems to be the case. I had a feeling this would happen eventually. A *BIG* thumbs up to Ricoh.
TOKYO - Trying to bridge the gap between next-generation optical disk formats, Ricoh said it has developed an optical component that reads and writes all disk formats-Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD, as well as DVD and CD-with one pickup and one objective lens.
Ricoh will show the optical device at the International Optoelectronics Exhibition '06 outside Tokyo on July 12-14. The company intends to offer the device to OEMs by year's end.
One of the first Blu-ray recorders has finally popped up, BenQ's new BW1000. Unfortunately the 1000 in its name suits it with regard to its $1,000 USD price tag (OUCH!), but then I guess that was to be expected :/
The Dailytech cover all the details.
After months of waiting, it's finally here: the BenQ BW1000 Trio PC Blu-ray recorder. BenQ announced the player just one month ago, claiming it would become one of the more prolific recorders on the market.
The single-layer recorder can record BD-R media at speeds up to 2X, but can read dual-layer Blu-ray media as well. The drive features a single-lens optical pickup with three separate lasers that will read and record Blu-Ray, DVD+/-R and CDRs. BenQ claims the device will also write single-layer DVD+/-R media at 12X, 4X for DVD+/-R DL, 8X for DVD+/-RW, and 32X CAV for CD-R.
Love the idea of digital TV on the go? MSI's new D310 pocket sized portable entertainment center makes it easy. Alongside the ability to watch DVB-T tv, you can also listen to mp3s, play media/movie files, and view photos on its 4.2" TFT-LCD display.
MSI's brief announcement can be found over at this section of their website folks.
Micro-Star International, a leading global manufacturer of consumer electronics, is launching the world's first pocket-sized DVB-T-the D310. The multi-function D310 is not only portable but also employs advanced technologies that allow viewers to watch TV in any place where the DVB-T format is used, such as in Europe, Australia and South East Asia.
Compro Technology (a leading provider of TV capture solutions and the like) are set to showcase a new type of device at their booth during the course of Computex next week. Their latest "VideoMate V550" is a standalone TV tuner box which will allow your LCD/CRT/PDP monitor to operate as a television without the need for a PC to drive it!
Grab the press release here for the full scoop.
Compro Technology, a leading developer and manufacturer of PC multimedia products now announces VideoMate V550, a high-end standalone TV box at Computex Taipei 2006 international computer exhibition. VideoMate V550 is easy for watching analog TV shows on your CRT/LCD/PDP monitor. Free from driver, software installation and compatible issues with computer, just simply connect it with your monitor and TV cable or antenna feed. You can watch TV shows on your CRT/LCD/PDP monitor easily. VideoMate V550 provides up to 1600 x 1200 high-resolution and standard 4:3, 16:9 /16:10 wide screen LCD monitor supports.
With Blu-ray drives now starting to emerge in the market, NVIDIA have just announced they're the first to include GPUs in Sony's new range of VAIO PCs which sport Blu-ray Disc drives, with the main focus being on that of NV's PureVideo™ HD technology for uncrippled Blu-ray movie playback.
SANTA CLARA, CA-MAY 22, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that the world's first PCs equipped with Blu-ray Disc drives feature NVIDIA technology. The new Sony VAIO PCs are powered by NVIDIA GeForce® graphics processing units (GPUs) which include NVIDIA PureVideo™ HD technology.
"Blu-ray Disc movies have incredible visual and audio fidelity, and we know consumers are eager to watch Blu-ray movies on their PCs," said Scott Vouri, General Manager of Multimedia at NVIDIA. "NVIDIA's early and ongoing investment in HD video processing is enabling high definition playback on the PC. Sony's selection of NVIDIA GPUs further demonstrates that NVIDIA offers the premier solution for watching high definition movies on your PC."
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One of the biggest names to produce quality TV tuner solutions for the PC have just released a new model as a member of their VideoMate lineup, dubbed the S350. Compro's VideoMate S350 is a digital *satellite* TV tuner card which is driven by the very capable and well regarded Philips 9-bit ADC chip. Stacks of other nifty little tricks can also be performed with this card, as detailed in Compro's official PR.
Taipei, Taiwan, 21 April, 2006 - Compro Technology, an innovative leading developer and manufacturer of PC multimedia products launched VideoMate S350, a powerful digital satellite TV tuner card with analog video/audio capture. It accompanies Philips 9-bit ADC chip, the state-of-the-art silicon digital TV tuner, Compro Picture Purifying Technology, and Power Up Technology to provide superior HDTV video quality reception on your PC. Not only watching free-to-air high quality DVB-S TV shows on your PC as a regular DVB-S card, accompanied by Compro's exclusive Power Up Technology - it can automatically boot up your system from the Windows Shut Down (ACPI S5), Stand by (ACPI S3), or Hibernation (ACPI S4) mode and record your favorite shows, then ComproDTV 2 will automatically shutdown your system when recording is completed. Friendly Remote controlled power on/off - to enhance the home entertainment PC experience, users can power up and shutdown their PC with the bundled ergonomic design remote control.
Corsair have kindly given us the heads up on a new system build log they've posted up on their website which delves into the building of a home theatre based PC system. Alongside the many supporting photos to document the building process, they also go into great detail on all the most important elements of a quiet, efficient, and multi-capable HTPC system.
Based on the success of our first system build log (How to Build an Ultimate Gaming PC), Corsair has just published another system build log. This time we dive into the details of building a home theater PC. From component selection, system build, software installation, to watching and recording TV - we have every step covered in great details! Over 100 photos to document the process to show your readers how easy it is to put a HTPC together.
There are a lot of Digital Video Recorders on the market right now, some cable and satellite companies will give you one with their service for a small fee. Unfortunately, most of them come with low amounts of storage, sometimes only 20 or 30 hours of regular content. Not to mention the fact that the vast majority aren't network compatible to play files off a file server, they can't run games, they don't allow you to share the programs you record on other computers in the house, and they seem to be almost universally slow.
In order to remove these restrictions, Microsoft released Windows XP Media Center Edition.
A new and rather stylish media center chassis has just been added to Antec's lineup, the "Fusion" case being the latest to be a part of their LifeStyle series of PC enclosures. Complete with a useful and rather snazzy VFD, this chassis would blend rather nicely into most any home theatre environment.
For the full scoop, grab Antec's official announcement folks.
Fremont, CA - January 4, 2006 - Antec, Inc., the pioneering and leading global brand of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, has introduced Fusion, the latest addition to its LifeStyle series of PC enclosures. Fusion brings quiet computing to home theater PC (HTPC) cases.
This HTPC case is ideal for users who want to integrate PCs into their daily lives. Fusion was designed to resemble other consumer electronics equipment in order to seamlessly blend into any home entertainment center. The case features a unique triple chamber design that isolates the power supply, hard drives and motherboard into separate cooling zones - resulting in a quieter and cooler system well suited for media center applications.
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