We have already covered numerous topics in our Computex Preview and first Computex Review articles, but we've still only scratched the surface of what was shown at Computex. Today we will be looking at a few of the memory and multimedia products we located in our travels throughout the various show halls.

With the majority of the show focus on Core 2 Duo and its related peripherals, it was difficult not to be swayed into strictly reporting about what is looking to be a very impressive product rollout by Intel this summer. However, in the majority of our talks with the various motherboard manufacturers, all of them were discussing the upcoming marketing campaign for Intel's ViiV initiative. Armed with incentives from Intel and a growing interest by consumers for Media PCs, expect to see a flood of ViiV certified systems launching later this summer and into the holiday season. We will be looking in depth at these products along with the AMD LIVE! Program starting in July, with several upcoming articles centered on PC based digital entertainment products for your home.

We'll begin with a look at some of the many multimedia products we saw on display.

Multimedia Products:


One of the more interesting ViiV media center products we saw in our travels was the Acer iDea 500 multimedia gateway system. The product is powered by an Intel Core Duo (Yonah) processor sitting in an Intel 945GT based motherboard. The system features digital or analog audio (Dolby Digital Live / DTS Connect) with up to 7.1 HD output along with DVI-I, HDMI, component video, composite video, S-video, and SCART output ports. We will be taking a closer look at Acer's other products and discussions with Mr. Jackson Lin, V.P. of Digital Display & Peripherals, in a follow up article.

Multimedia Products: ECS and AOpen


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  • Avalon - Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - link

    Too bad Geil's new enthusiast memory line is Black Dragon instead of Golden Dragon. I had some DDR Golden Dragon stuff, and it was awesome...very nice looking modules too. Reply
  • Skobbolop - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    haha.. :D that's so typical. after i posted my comment i just wanted to give the compro USB tuner another shot. and after som tweaking and minor adjustment is actually is quite good. Not as good as a standard televison, but watchable.


    ps. i still get a lot of those products returned though.. i wonder why.
  • Gary Key - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    We found their latest products to be on par with others at the show. I think the latest update to the PVR2 software is what made the difference. After comparing the two releases, I can understand why some people would return the product. We were allowed to play with their Release 3 software and were quite impressed. We will have a couple of reviews of their products up in July. Reply
  • Skobbolop - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    Well. I sell Compro products and i get alot of them returned. The customers are simply not satisfied with the quality. Don't know about the new products though.

    i've personally tried an analogue USB tuner for a short period of time and i can't say that i was impressed. That said, i've never really tried any other external tv tuner, so i wasn't quite sure what i was expecting when i tried the compro device.
  • sprockkets - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    Hope people know push email is only with Exchange, and good luck getting it to work. Reply
  • xsilver - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    I thought there was a limited timetable for moving to ddr3; but now there is one??
    does ddr3 just bring more bandwith improvements and lower power use at cost of latency again or is there more?
  • Gary Key - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    DDR3 allows higher clocks which will eventually equate into additional bandwidth although none of the mainstream processors are currently starved for bandwidth with DDR2. Some of the original product roadmaps from SIS and Intel showed DDR3 capable chipsets in Q4 of this year. It now appears these plans have slid to late Q1 / early Q2 of next year. DDR3 samples we noticed were at CAS7 settings, for DDR3, CAS5 will be considered very low latency. Reply

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