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Two new major design wins for AMD

AMD today announced that it has received two major design wins from Dell and Alienware for the AMD LIVE! platform. AMD said that designs from both brands will be making their way into the market that utilize AMD's Athlon 64 X2 processor. All AMD LIVE! computers from Dell and Alienware will be dual-core computers and come ready to act as home theater PCs as well.

Alienware introduced several AMD LIVE! machines this week including one it calls the Alienware DHS high-definition media center. The machine integrates an amplifier by D2Audio Corporation with graphics being handled by a GeForce 6150. Interestingly, both AMD LIVE! platforms from Dell and Alienware feature NVIDIA system chipsets and graphics processors. Despite AMD's acquisition of ATI, AMD previously stated that it will continue to work tightly with NVIDIA on future designs and products. Systems from both Dell and Alienware will be equipped with similar movie and audio play-back software which includes a new AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite:
  • AMD LIVE! Communicator powered by SightSpeed offers state-of-the-art video and voice communications over the Internet, allowing families and friends to stay connected no matter where they live.
  • AMD LIVE! Games powered by WildTangent delivers a fun gaming experience with a wealth of exciting online and downloadable games.
  • AMD LIVE! Kid Rocket Web Browser helps parents rest easy by offering children the ability to play online games and explore the Internet in a controlled and safe environment.
Communicator is simply a Skype-like application that enables voice and video conferencing while the bundled games are are small and focused towards entertainment for younger crowds.

In addition to new software and services, AMD has upgraded the existing AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite. For example, new features in the AMD LIVE! Media Vault powered by Streamload include automatic file backup to an online account and file synchronization between networked PCs and devices.

Along with the Dell and Alienware systems, AMD also announced that several more manufacturers are putting together AMD LIVE! systems. Acer, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, Tsinghua Tongfang, and others have introduced or will be introducing systems. AMD LIVE! systems from Dell will be shipping under the XPS family of computers.

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Games Powered By...
By Brainonska511 on 10/11/2006 1:13:55 PM , Rating: 5
Isn't WildTangent labeled spyware by most anti-spyware programs? Why would you want AMD Live! to put stuff like that on your machine?

RE: Games Powered By...
By Knish on 10/11/2006 1:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
wow -- good catch. WTF AMD?

RE: Games Powered By...
By PT2006 on 10/11/2006 1:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
Believe it or not, AMD is interested in making money, rather than fullfilling your fanboyism fantasies.

But so is Intel, NVIDIA, ATI, and everone else.

RE: Games Powered By...
By Operandi on 10/11/2006 1:46:15 PM , Rating: 3
So I guess that makes it OK then huh?

RE: Games Powered By...
By Ringold on 10/11/2006 9:52:53 PM , Rating: 1
And Sony's CD's rootkits? Sony was just trying to make money rather than fulfilling customers fanboyism fantasies.

RE: Games Powered By...
By Araemo on 10/11/2006 1:45:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I spotted that too. Not only are they labeled as spyware, but they were in the DRM game long before most other companies. The system-destabilizing DRM game. ;)

I won't touch their stuff with a 10 foot pole anymore, even if they do offer 'free' games.

RE: Games Powered By...
By jkresh on 10/11/2006 5:56:53 PM , Rating: 5
Wild Tangent is often labeled as spyware (then the labels are removed when they talk to the anti-spyware companies). Everything that they do is listed in their eula and they don’t install anything extra with their games. Alex St John who was part of the team who created directx (and who has a Colum in CPU along with Anand and others) is the head of Wild Tangent and I doubt he is doing anything that could legitimately be called spy ware. Also note that many of the problems associated with removal of their software relates to how antispyware software removed their software, their uninstallers work fine and leave no trace of anything.

RE: Games Powered By...
By Wwhat on 10/16/2006 4:04:30 AM , Rating: 2
If someone releases a virus that deletes everything on your HD but shows a long rambling EULA ferst would that be illegal?
Or how about one that steals all your info but says so in the EULA? well i guess that IS legal since several instances are out already by 'respected' companies.

Personally I don't think an EULA excuses every damn foul thing, especially since only 10% of the people even read and understand what EULA's say, and of those 10% half don't believe it's really all valid and click yes assuming they aren't that bound by it.

RE: Games Powered By...
By carl0ski on 10/12/2006 1:48:28 AM , Rating: 2
You can actualy purchase a full version of WildTangents software directly from them without spyware.

Free things like their Winamp Dancers were subsidised by adware.

By Alphafox78 on 10/11/2006 3:44:12 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 6150 motherboard right now in my MCE machine, unless they are using a fancy version or something, it does not have a HDMI connector. I think now adays if your going to label it HD then HDMI is a prerequisite.

RE: 6150?
By Chris Peredun on 10/11/2006 4:08:40 PM , Rating: 2
The 6150 is capable of driving a DVI connection from an onboard port - the exact model escapes me, but I know ASUS makes a MicroATX board with this - so creating one with onboard HDMI should not be terribly difficult.

I imagine that when "Dellienware" put in an order for several thousand motherboards, it wasn't tough to find a manufacturer willing to take that contract.

RE: 6150?
By Alphafox78 on 10/12/2006 11:18:48 AM , Rating: 2
I know, I am using the DVI to drive my HDTV now from the built in 6150 in my motherboard. its just a shame that 'true' HD content via HD-DVD or blueray wont be able to be played using DVI. that is of course assuming they enforce that HDMI encryption requirement. also, the 6150 is pretty much maxed out displaying 1080i, Its not like its a powerhouse or anything.

RE: 6150?
By ArneBjarne on 10/12/2006 11:36:53 AM , Rating: 2
You are confusing HDMI with HDCP. HDCP does not require HDMI it can work on DVI too.

RE: 6150?
By trabpukcip on 10/15/2006 1:50:53 AM , Rating: 2
You would be surprised (or maybe not) how many people get HDMI confused with HDCP. HDCP is a copy protection standard, HDMI is an interface standard. I have a Dell 2407WFP with DVI that supports HDCP.

RE: 6150?
By Mojo the Monkey on 10/11/2006 4:09:56 PM , Rating: 2
the 6150 is the onboard gpu. It could be modified to work with newer outputs. HDMI is digital output, and they have 6150's with DVI outs (also digital), so it seems like it would be a no brainer to change the pin type.

RE: 6150?
By Mojo the Monkey on 10/11/2006 4:10:34 PM , Rating: 1
looks like we posted at -almost- the same time...

Am I the only one
By AlexWade on 10/12/2006 11:01:15 PM , Rating: 3
Am I the only one who thinks that AMD Live is more popular than Intel Viiv? And am I the only one who thinks this is strange? I read Dell snubbed Intel for AMD Live. I find this strange.

RE: Am I the only one
By dysonlu on 10/13/2006 1:30:50 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, very unexpected move indeed. It looks like a 180 degrees reversal by Dell.

Very surprising that AMD's technology has such a strong backing already... is their Live so much better than Viiv? Perhaps more well-defined and easier to implement?

RE: Am I the only one
By DallasTexas on 10/13/2006 8:53:15 PM , Rating: 1
"..Am I the only one who thinks that AMD Live is more popular than Intel Viiv? .."

No, I think there is one other guy that believes this. :-)

I read Dell snubbed Intel for AMD Live. I find this strange.

I think you read it at the Inquirer. You know, that unbiased "news" site. I also read at the same place that Dell asked them to stop pimping AMD propaganda and set the record straight. I think they came clean they were just spreading propaganda for Hector.

RE: Am I the only one
By AlexWade on 10/14/2006 10:09:40 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't read it at the Inquirer, I never ever go there, ever. I thought I read it at C|Net.

RE: Am I the only one
By trabpukcip on 10/15/2006 1:52:04 AM , Rating: 2
The Inq. FTW!

RE: Am I the only one
By AlexWade on 10/15/2006 3:05:52 PM , Rating: 2
Here is where I read where Dell snubbed Intel.

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