IDF 2010: Intel Atom-based DVRs to run embedded Windows Media Center

Atom-powered DVRs to be available from Acer and ASUS in 2011

Acer and ASUS DVRs (digital video recorders) powered by the Intel Atom C4100 processor have been shown at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Read PC World Australia's full coverage of Intel Developer Forum 2010

The devices, which are being called "companion boxes", feature an enhanced version of Windows Media Center and Windows Embedded Standard 7. It provides all the usual functionality of a Windows Media Center-equipped PC, such as an EPG (electronic program guide) and the ability to record and play programs. However, the devices use Smart TV to provide a seamless transition between regular over-the-air TV content and online video content. An EPG is provided that covers both types of content.

A view of the Internet TV interface on the ASUS box.

The Atom C4100 is a system-on-chip processor that includes built-in audio and video components and it's designed for consumer electronics devices. It's capable of hardware decoding high-definition video and Intel is working with Adobe to make sure it will support Adobe Flash Player 10.

Both the Acer Companion (top) and the ASUS Companion (bottom) boxes feature a DVB-T tuner, 1080p output, DLNA and have a built-in hard drive.

Elias Plastiras travelled to the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco as a guest of Intel Australia.