The Intel Media Center Reference Design is intended to help hardware and software developers accelerate the development and production of powerful, scaleable, interactive consumer products that integrate the capabilities of a number of previously discrete devices.
Based on an Intel Celeron processor, the reference design includes hardware and software to support multiple audio and video applications, content and back-end systems. Products based on the design will provide broadband Internet access, DVD playback, personal video recording, interactive gaming, TV reception, MP3 audio, content storage, video on demand and home networking in a single device.
Schematics for the Intel Media Center Reference Design are available for download.
The flexibility of the design supports a range of Intel Celeron and Pentium III processors ranging from 300MHz to 1GHz, providing scalability and the headroom necessary to support additional future applications and functions.
The Intel Media Center Reference Design uses key technologies from a number of contributing companies, including hard drives from Maxtor, display components from Focus Enhancements, and video decoder components from Sigma Designs. These components are linked together via an embedded Linux-based operating system developed by TUXIA. The reference design is also supported by the Microsoft Windows XP Embedded and Windows CE.net operating systems.
A working demonstrations was shown at the NCTA Cable 20002 show in New Orleans in May.
Published in Embedded Systems (Europe) June 2002