AMD has announced the AMD LIVE! PC, a full-featured media centre PC, designed to enable consumers to organise, distribute, share, and enjoy their content collection throughout the home and on the go.
OEMs including Acer, Alienware, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP, Sahara, and Tsinghua Tongfang, as well as system builders in North America, Western Europe, and China, will have AMD LIVE! PCs, powered by the AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor, starting in June.
The AMD LIVE! PC is designed to consolidate the user's content in a central location and deliver the tools to provide easy and seamless access to that content through other devices.
AMD LIVE! PCs will improve consumers' connectivity by enabling their PC to stream music through their entertainment centre, view and share photos on the TV, burn recorded TV shows, videos, music and pictures to a DVD or CD, or transfer this same content to a notebook, MP3, portable media player (PMP) or personal digital assistant (PDA).
The first solutions to be offered in the AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite include AMD LIVE! On Demand powered by Orb Networks. The service streams live or pre-recorded television programs, photos, music and movies to many common Web-connected devices. AMD LIVE! Compress is a tool that optimises recorded television content in order to save space and time, enabling customers to save up to 10 times as many TV shows on their PC.
AMD LIVE! Network Magic allows users to set up, manage and secure home networks, while AMD LIVE! LogMeIn provides users the ability to remotely control their AMD LIVE! PC to obtain access to content, files and programs from anywhere. Finally AMD LIVE! Media Vault can automatically back-up users' digital content collection to a secure online server. Once registered and activated, AMD LIVE! PC users will receive 25GB of free storage to safely store their personal photos, home movies and music collections.
Many of these applications and services are available for free download from AMD. Over time the company expects the website will evolve into a repository of tips and tools to help consumers build out their entertainment world. With home networks, and using technology such as Microsoft Media Centre Extender, the site will be available both in a "two-foot" Internet in the study and "10-foot" television experience in the living room.