IDF Fall 2006 Opening Keynote

Paul Otellini kicks off IDF with the usual roundup of Intel innovations.

Otellini also touched on Intel’s continuing commitment to the digital home. When Intel launched Viiv in January, it set a standard for a digital home platform. That specification was recently updated to include Core 2 Duo, while Viiv certified digital media adapters are also just around the corner.

There are already a great many companies planning Viiv certified DMAs, with Netgear due to have the first. Otellini also announced that Intel had certified the new DirecTV set top box as Viiv compatible, so that it could be used to stream content from a Viiv PC as well as receive traditional broadcasts. It will be interesting to see if Intel does a similar deal with Sky in the UK.

The introduction of digital media adapters into the Viiv specification brings with it certain questions though. With the ability to stream media direct to your TV, why would you want to have a Viiv PC in your living room? With a DMA, you can simply have a full size PC in your office, or even a media server in a cupboard somewhere and stream all your data. Of course, with the mass adoption of high definition video, the wireless streaming angle may have to wait for 802.11n to appear, unless you have CAT5 cable running around your house.

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