IDF Fall 2008 - The convergence of IT and CE just got a whole lot closer.
It’s clear that Intel and just about every other technology company in the world, thinks that the Internet should be available anywhere and everywhere. But the true nirvana has always been the prospect of integrating Internet functionality into our other big electronic pastime – television.
There have been many attempts to shoe horn Internet functionality into the living room, with solutions like Microsoft’s Media Center PCs gaining some ground, but ultimately losing momentum. Although the concept of Media Center was reasonably sound, it soon became apparent that most of us don’t want a full blown PC in our living room, and instead would like an Internet experience that’s tailored to a TV.
Today Intel made a big step towards the seamless integration of Internet functionality into a TV with the launch of the Media Processor CE 3100. The CE 3100 is a complete System on a Chip (SoC) that’s tailored for audio visual work, but still sports a full Intel Architecture programmable core.
But the CE 3100 won’t just bring the Internet to your living room, it also has the potential to create a superior AV experience. Anyone who knows anything about TVs is well aware that picture processing is one of the most important aspects of any television, especially in this high definition era. Integrated into the CE 3100 is a display processing engine that should be able to bring out the best in any source that’s connected to the TV – so if you happen to be watching your DVD box set of Magnum P.I. (as I’ve found myself doing lately), the CE 3100 will give you the best possible picture quality, despite the shortcomings of the source itself.