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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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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.

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