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Is Intel VIIV 64 or not?
Posted on 26-Aug-2005 14:40 by M Freitas. | Tags Filed under: Blog.

Intel has announced a new multimedia platform for home entertainment, the Intel VIIV. Like Intel Centrino for mobile computing, the company wants to create a reference platform that will run a media version of Windows, the Windows XP Media Center Edition. And like the Intel Centrino it will certify the products with a seal indicating the compliance with the new Intel VIIV platform.

The marketing gurus behind the press announcement say that "Viiv" rhymes with "Five". I am still not sure where this name comes from, but I have read in many places that VIIV is actually "64" in Roman Numerals.

If this is really the idea behind the name, then we have a problem. Either Intel needs a marketing guru that understands Roman Numerals as well as the consumer market, or people commenting about technology need to learn Roman Numerals.

VIIV is not 64 in Roman Numerals! To represent 64 it should be LXIV. Remember the rules?

I - the unit
V - five. IV = 4, VI = 6
X - ten
L - 50
C - 100
D - 500
M - 1000

Numbers can be used in multiples, and when used before a number it indicate minus, or after when it indicates plus.


1999 = MCMXCIX
2000 = MM
2001 = MMI
2005 = MMV

60 = LX
61 = LXI
62 = LXII
63 = LXIII
64 = LXIV (not VIIV)!

You can find a cool Roman Numerals calculator here.

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