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Intel's Digital Home Vision Close To Reality

Intel's Digital Home Vision Moves Closer To Reality With New Industry Enabling Building Blocks

Engineering Platforms and UPnP* Tools Aid Delivery of Digital Media Throughout the Home Intel Corporation announced new industry building blocks that bring the vision of the Digital Home closer to reality. Available immediately are Digital Home reference and concept platforms, and ten powerful UPnP* tools that underscore Intel's support of the Digital Home vision.

“We know that consumers are readily anticipating the day when PCs and consumer electronics work together easily and reliably,” said Louis Burns, vice president and co-general manager, Intel Desktop Platforms Group. “People want to be able to move their digital media content effortlessly between PCs and CE devices for maximum flexibility and enjoyment. And they’re looking to Intel to make it happen. By providing the developer community with these enabling tools, developers will be able to design and build PCs that easily and seamlessly distribute digital media throughout the home.”

The "Statesboro" reference platform will assist OEMs and motherboard makers to develop new PC systems this year that broadcast digital photos and music to TVs and stereos throughout the consumer’s home. Statesboro is an implementation tool designed for developers that showcases the 2003 Digital Home vision. The reference platform is a complete, validated system solution featuring key technologies in support of the Digital Home usage models, as described in the Desktop Platform Vision Guide for 2003. These technologies include: Intel® 3.06GHz Pentium® 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology 1, “Springdale” chipset, Dualband 802.11 Wireless NIC, Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive, Dual Channel DDR Memory, and a DVD/CD-RW Optical Disk Drive.

The new concept platform, codenamed “Powersville”, showcases additional levels of Digital Home experiences, such as wireless streaming video and personal video recording, which consumers can expect as included PC features in the 2004 time frame. Powersville is designed to provide an early demonstration of experiences and technologies in order to highlight innovation opportunities for the PC industry.

At IDF Fall 2002, Intel showcased a new PC peripheral, called a digital media adapter, that creates the link between PC and CE devices. It can receive digital media from the PC using 802.11 wireless networking and UPnP technologies, and can connect to TVs and stereos using standard A/V cables – much like a DVD player.

To further accelerate the development of digital media adapters and Digital Home enabling PC platforms, Intel is announcing the immediate availability of a variety of UPnP technology tools.

Additional details on these building blocks and toolkits are available on Intel’s developer website at http://developer.intel.com/technology/digitalhome. Intel and industry leaders are also demonstrating reference designs, software toolkits and product concepts in the Technology Showcase during the Intel Developer Forum, Spring 2003.

About IDF The Intel Developer Forum is the technology industry's premier event for hardware and software developers. Held worldwide throughout the year, IDF brings together key industry players to discuss cutting-edge technology and products for PCs, servers, communications equipment, and handheld clients. For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit http://developer.intel.com.

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