It comes as no coincidence that Intel’s big push for the digital home comes at a time when dual-core CPUs are making a splash. It’s clear that the improved multi-tasking offered by dual-core technology lends itself perfectly to the digital home model. If you’ve got an entertainment PC that’s streaming high definition video, while also playing Half-Life 2 AND ripping a bunch of CDs to iTunes, you’re going to need as much simultaneous processing power as possible.
Intel sees three distinct usage models for a Viiv platform.
The 10ft local model – For someone sitting in the living room using the Viiv system directly. They could be watching an HD movie, playing a game or even just listening to some music.
The 10ft Extended model – Here the user may be sitting on a sofa in another room watching video on a large screen, but the Viiv machine isn’t actually in that room. The content will be streamed to a Digital Media Adapter and controlled via a remote handset.
Sync & Go model – Here the content is transferred directly from the Viiv PC to a portable media player for consumption outside of the digital home.
In all three models, the Viiv PC is the centre of the digital home environment and acts as the hub for the whole family’s entertainment needs. The image above, shows MacDonald demonstrating a 10ft interface on a huge screen and how you should be able to do almost anything from the comfort of your sofa.