BenQ, one of the world’s top producers of consumer electronics products, today introduced the BenQ DMP300 Digital Media Player, one of the first player devices designed to work with Intel® Viiv™ technology-based PCs. Powered by Mediabolic’s state-of-the-art Media Player software and the high-performance Philips Nexperia media processor, the BenQ DMP300 enables consumers to view, share, and play back their music, photo, and video files and access premium content anywhere in the home.
With the BenQ DMP300 Digital Media Player, consumers can stream digital media from their Intel Viiv technology-based PCs to other rooms in the house using an intuitive TV-based user interface. The DMP300 includes benefits for Intel Viiv technology-based PC users such as features that permit users at any experience level to set up the device simply and securely on a wired or wireless network, and that enable the player device to remotely awaken the PC from its sleeping state.
Intel Viiv technology is Intel’s new brand for in-home entertainment PCs that can transform how consumers manage, share, and enjoy a broad and growing assortment of movies, programs, music, games, and photos. The BenQ DMP300 is undergoing stringent testing through a program by Intel to verify that it will work seamlessly with Intel Viiv technology-based PCs in the home. Products that meet the Intel Viiv technology requirements and pass this testing will be allowed to display the “Enjoy with Viiv” logo, a key consumer-recognizable identifier.
“It’s important for CE products to foster a positive user experience from the first time the device is powered up,” said Chris Day, general manager, media processing, Philips Semiconductors. “Consumers don’t want to gather around a small computer screen to watch movies or look at their vacation photos. By combining the Philips Nexperia media processor with Mediabolic’s software, BenQ was able to create a flexible, cost-effective digital media player for consumers and OEMs alike, empowering consumers to choose when and where they can enjoy their content.”
The BenQ DMP300 brings together the entertainment center and the home network to create a unified, lean-back, 10-foot user experience. It can present PC and Internet applications optimized for TV viewing to the consumer using a remote control to navigate options, rather than a keyboard or mouse. These applications include playback of personal entertainment content, including music, photos and videos, plus access to remote applications via the Intel Viiv Zone, which will provide over time a choice of on-demand, Internet-delivered, digital premium content and entertainment services such as full-length movies and real-time news.
“Intel has established a large number of relationships in an effort to make digital entertainment from the Internet to the PC, television, and numerous other devices around the home easier, faster, and more enjoyable,” said Gerald Holzhammer, vice president, Digital Home Group and general manager of Intel’s Consumer PC Platform Group. “We are bringing software to the Intel Viiv technology platform that will make sharing content easier and we are working with BenQ to help make their DMP300 a great device to take advantage of these new features.”
The BenQ DMP300 supports decoding of many leading audio (MP3, WMA, PCM), image (JPEG, BMP, JPEG2000), and video (MPEG 1/2/4, WMV9, XviD) formats and codecs. It integrates a 10/100 Ethernet controller, support for 802.11 b/g wireless networking, and three USB 2.0 ports for additional connectivity. The device includes composite, S-video, component, and HDMI video output, and analog and S/PDIF digital audio output. The product includes Mediabolic’s standards-based Media Player software, which has been rigorously tested to comply with an array of digital home specifications, including Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), and Intel Viiv technology’s support for emerging digital rights management technologies such as DTCP-IP and Microsoft Windows Media DRM 10 for Network Devices.
“People are passionate about how and where they can access their digital content,” said Daniel Putterman, president and CEO of Mediabolic. “The Intel Viiv platform is evolving into the driving force in the industry for simplifying and expanding digital entertainment in the living room, and the BenQ solution provides a means for taking that living room experience and extending it to the entire home. We’re thrilled to have teamed up with BenQ to deliver a high-quality digital media player product that capitalizes on the Intel Viiv ecosystem in a fun and exciting way.”
Availability and Sales Inquiries
The DMP300 Digital Media Player will be available for consumers in 2H 2006 in Taiwan under the BenQ brand. BenQ will also offer an ODM version of the product in the third quarter of 2006 to manufacturers around the world. OEMs interested in specifications and pricing should contact Sherlock Cheng (Sherlock.Cheng@BenQ.com).
BenQ Corporation consists of three main business groups – Computing, Consumer Electronics, and Communications. Although these business groups and units encompass a broad range of products, each retains a focus on providing consumer-oriented solutions designed especially for the digital lifestyle. 2005 revenues exceeded US$5.07 billion. For more information, please visit our website at BenQ.com.
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is one of the world’s biggest electronics companies and Europe’s largest, with sales of EUR 30.4 billion in 2005. With activities in the three interlocking domains of healthcare, lifestyle and technology and 161,500 employees in more than 60 countries, it has market leadership positions in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, color television sets, electric shavers, lighting and silicon system solutions. News from Philips is located at www.semiconductors.philips.com.
Mediabolic, Inc. is a leading developer of entertainment networking software that enables manufacturers to create cutting-edge digital home products. The company’s technologies can be embedded in products like televisions, set-top boxes, NAS devices, mobile phones, and digital cameras so that consumer electronics and PC manufacturers can extend and differentiate their product lines. Using a standards-based, open architecture Mediabolic has enabled its customers to ship award-winning solutions across diverse platforms to the consumer market. Founded in 1999, Mediabolic is located in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, please visit www.mediabolic.com.
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