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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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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.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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