IDF 2010: Intel Atom-based DVRs to run embedded Windows Media Center

Atom-powered DVRs to be available from Acer and ASUS in 2011

Acer and ASUS DVRs (digital video recorders) powered by the Intel Atom C4100 processor have been shown at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Read PC World Australia's full coverage of Intel Developer Forum 2010

The devices, which are being called "companion boxes", feature an enhanced version of Windows Media Center and Windows Embedded Standard 7. It provides all the usual functionality of a Windows Media Center-equipped PC, such as an EPG (electronic program guide) and the ability to record and play programs. However, the devices use Smart TV to provide a seamless transition between regular over-the-air TV content and online video content. An EPG is provided that covers both types of content.

A view of the Internet TV interface on the ASUS box.

The Atom C4100 is a system-on-chip processor that includes built-in audio and video components and it's designed for consumer electronics devices. It's capable of hardware decoding high-definition video and Intel is working with Adobe to make sure it will support Adobe Flash Player 10.

Both the Acer Companion (top) and the ASUS Companion (bottom) boxes feature a DVB-T tuner, 1080p output, DLNA and have a built-in hard drive.

Elias Plastiras travelled to the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco as a guest of Intel Australia.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags DVRPVRasusIntel Developer Forum 2010home entertainmentintelacerset-top boxesIntel Developer Forum

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Elias Plastiras
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?