Processor requirements have also been updated. Not only must
desktop systems come with dual-core processors, they must also come with
processors rated at 4800+ or higher. Athlon 64 FX-62 processors are also Live!
compliant. Memory requirements state that systems must also ship with
configurations of 1GB or more of system RAM. Strangely, no minimum hard drive
capacity requirements are stated. Since Live! media systems are expected to do
some PVR duties, large hard drives capacities will likely be required.
Besides the above specifications, AMD's platform design guides states that
systems are recommended to focus on thermal dynamics as well as acoustic
performance. Launch preparation documents stress that Live! compliant systems must
keep noise to a minimum, and in some cases, produce almost no noise at all.
Furthermore, AMD documents recommend that only fluid-bearing SATA hard drives
be used to cut down on noise.
Microsoft's Away Mode is also a requirement for AMD Live! compliant systems.
Away Mode will allow a system to shutdown all components that are unused by a
user when they are "away" from the machine. Some of the components
listed are: displays, keyboards, mice, remote controls, and other non
essentials. The machine continues to operate normally, with the power LED on
the system will indicate an off state -- although safety issues may arise from
a user thinking that the machine is off when in fact, it's still operating.
According to Away Mode specifications, the machine will continue to operate
normally so that tasks such as file downloading and transferring can still take
place without requiring much power. Away Mode is only supported in Microsoft's
Windows XP Media Center Edition with Rollup 2 update. Apparently, the Away Mode
feature is part of the Live! specification and is not a feature available to
Intel Viiv systems.
AMD says that Live!
desktops will begin shipping with its new AM2 platform, and that the new
AM2 processors will be equipped with on-die temperature sensors to allow
accurate readings of CPU temperature. Using THERMDA and THERMDC pins on the new
processors, a Live! system can operate more efficiently and better control the
speed of system fans. AMD is also pushing its Cool'n'Quiet technology to help
with energy efficiency. Live! systems are required to by fully ACPI compliant,
allowing the system processor to enter specific power-states to reduce thermals
AMD's Live! platform is shaping up to be a lot more demanding than Intel's Viiv
platform. While both AMD and Intel are out looking for partners in the media
industry to provide exclusive content for end users, AMD is putting a lot of
effort forward to ensure that Live! compliant computers offer something
tangible for customers. The online community previously
questioned just what made a Viiv PC so special. AMD is ensuring that Live!
systems don't fall into the same trap.
DailyTech previously reported that AMD's Live! compliancy logos were
leaked several weeks ago. Information was also revealed that AMD's Live! logo
program extended not only to desktop PCs and media
PCs, but also portable devices.