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AMD Introduces New LIVE! PCs


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AMD today announced the availability of new AMD LIVE! PCs from Alienware and Dell, expanding the selection of popular, easy-to-use PCs designed to help simplify today’s digital lifestyle. The AMD LIVE! PC is a full-featured media center computer powered by the award-winning AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor and created to enrich consumers’ experiences when enjoying digital movies, music and photos throughout the home and on the go. AMD also introduced additions and enhancements to the AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite, a collection of valuable services and applications designed to enhance the PC experience.

Three exciting new software applications – AMD LIVE! Communicator, AMD LIVE! Games and AMD LIVE! Kid Rocket – have been added to the Entertainment Suite, expanding an already substantial software bundle.

“The AMD LIVE! experience continues to generate momentum and excitement as an even broader selection of manufacturers offer AMD LIVE! PCs worldwide,” said Joe Menard, corporate vice president of AMD’s Consumer Business. “Consumers have embraced the smarter choice for simple digital media enjoyment, as evidenced by the growing market demand for AMD LIVE! PC solutions.”

Dell has recently announced a powerful new Dimension media center PC with AMD LIVE! technology.

“As a leading supplier of high-performance and multimedia computers, Dell delivers innovative technology and services that consumers trust and value,” said Joe Curley, Dell director of Dimension and XPS desktop product marketing. “Innovative technologies like AMD LIVE! delivered on Dimension PCs demonstrate how dual-core technology empowers customers to access and manage their music, movies, and photos where and when they want."

This week at the DigitalLife 2006 event, Alienware is expected to provide technology demonstrations of the Alienware DHS high-definition media center, a sleek new AMD LIVE! PC design featuring a high-power, integrated home theater amplifier from D2Audio Corporation, and graphics powered by the Microsoft Windows "Vista Ready" NVIDIA nForce 430 with GeForce 6150 graphics to enable high-definition video playback.

“Our new DHS media center with AMD LIVE! technology powerfully demonstrates Alienware’s commitment to the concept that the digital living room is quickly becoming a reality,” said Frank Azor, senior vice president of Alienware’s Product Group. “Cool and sleek design, which is core to Alienware’s DNA, complements AMD’s dual-core technology, resulting in an entertainment solution that is perfectly suited for the home, den or bedroom.”

“D2Audio is pleased to be an integral part of the sophisticated new AMD LIVE! PC from Alienware,” said Brian Wong, chief executive officer and president of D2Audio. “The sleek all-in-one form factor with its high-quality internal D2Audio® Intelligent Digital Amplifier™ has great consumer appeal.”

AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite
To help enrich the experience of AMD LIVE! PC customers, AMD designed the AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite to be an open platform capable of working with as many existing consumer electronics devices as possible. AMD works closely with innovative software companies to help make their applications as innovative, intuitive and reliable as possible. Because many of these applications are compute intensive, they are well-suited to the capabilities of an AMD LIVE! PC.

New software applications in the Entertainment Suite include:
  • AMD LIVE! Communicator powered by SightSpeed offers state-of-the-art video and voice communications over the Internet, allowing families and friends to stay connected no matter where they live.
  • AMD LIVE! Games powered by WildTangent delivers a fun gaming experience with a wealth of exciting online and downloadable games.
  • AMD LIVE! Kid Rocket Web Browser helps parents rest easy by offering children the ability to play online games and explore the Internet in a controlled and safe environment.

“Since our introduction, experts consistently have agreed that SightSpeed is the leading provider of personal video and voice communications services, delivering the highest quality and most true to life video experience around,” said Peter Csathy, SightSpeed’s chief executive officer. “Video communication has long been thought of as the next big step in communications. With the new capabilities and power found in the AMD LIVE! solution, this means it’s here now, and ready for prime time use and acceptance.”

“Powering AMD LIVE! Games is a great honor and a strong endorsement of our solution,” said Alex St. John, chief executive officer of WildTangent. “The WildTangent Game Console plus our revolutionary WildCoins™ payment system enable the search, discovery and enjoyment of hundreds of the most popular games in a fraction of the time and a fraction of the normal costs, for gaming enthusiasts worldwide.”

“The AMD LIVE! Kid Rocket Web Browser is a simple and effective way for children to safely surf the Internet by allowing them to visit only those Web sites programmed into the browser,” said Greg Killam, chief executive officer of Crash Software. “We believe KidRocket is a valuable tool that will bring AMD LIVE! PC customers some peace of mind, knowing that their children can be protected from Internet predators and at the same time, they can protect their important files from click-happy little fingers.”

In addition to new software and services, AMD has upgraded the existing AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite. For example, new features in the AMD LIVE! Media Vault powered by Streamload include automatic file backup to an online account and file synchronization between networked PCs and devices. Consumers now have the ability to easily share digital files such as photos or home movies between a desktop and notebook PC, for example, or between their home and workplace.

“AMD LIVE! Media Vault’s new features make it even easier for consumers to preserve their precious photos, videos and music without the hassle of manual uploads,” said Steve Iverson, president and chief executive officer of Streamload. “We’re excited that AMD continues to work closely with Streamload to ensure that its customers have access to today’s leading online media technology.”

Leading OEMs currently offering AMD LIVE! PCs worldwide include Acer, Alienware, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP, Tsinghua Tongfang and ZT Group, among others. The AMD LIVE! Communicator and AMD LIVE! Kid Rocket Web Browser are now available as part of the AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite, which is offered free of charge for AMD customers along with some optional premium services provided by participating software suppliers. AMD LIVE! Games will be available in the near future. For more information, please visit www.amd.com/dlny.

About AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processors
AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors offer award-winning AMD64 dual-core performance, security with Enhanced Virus Protection* to help protect valuable files, AMD Digital Media Xpress™ to enable stellar performance and digital media playback quality, and AMD’s Cool‘n’Quiet™ technology to enable a quieter-running system while delivering performance on demand.

About the AMD LIVE! Brand
Created in 2004, the AMD LIVE! brand has promoted top film, broadcast, and music professional artists using AMD64 technology. The AMD LIVE! brand is rooted in the adoption of AMD64 technology by the professional creative community, lifting technology barriers that once stunted artistic expression. The AMD LIVE! brand extends from professional content creation at the speed of inspiration, to best-of-breed computing solutions that help consumers organize, access and enjoy digital movies, photos and music virtually whenever, wherever they want.

Source: AMD