DigiTimes is feeding the rumor mill again, this time it’s reporting that Intel’s first batch of Viiv platform PCs (expected to hit the shelves this February and cost around $1,800) will NOT have built-in digital media adapter (DMA) support. “As Intel’s upcoming Viiv 1.0 disables DMA functionality, the first batch of Viiv PCs are recognized to be more like high-end entertainment PCs. By June, when the chip giant introduces the DMA-supporting 1.5 version, PC makers are looking to roll out a more complete digital home product line,” says a PC OEM insider to DigiTimes.
If the report is true, this would mean that users will temporarily not have the ability to stream media files from their Viiv PC to either the Xbox 360 or Media Center Extender. Or, the news can be interpreted another way… that Viiv PCs will not have the ability to double as a media adapter and stream files from other PCs. Honestly, DigiTimes’ report is quite sparce with details and leads to more questions than answers. Either way, something is up.
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