Intel has introduced the Intel Media Processor CE 3100, the first in a new family of purpose-built System on Chips (SoCs) for Consumer Electronics devices. The CE 3100 has been developed for Internet-connected consumer electronics (CE) products such as optical media players, connected CE devices, advanced cable set top boxes and digital TVs.
Intel and Yahoo previewed related CE devices that blends the openness of the Web with the simplicity and entertainment strengths of the TV. The application framework is called the Widget Channel. It introduces a new way to enjoy Web content while watching TV programs, says Intel.
The Intel Media Processor CE 3100 is scheduled to ship to CE manufacturers, including Samsung and Toshiba next month. It pairs a powerful IA processor core with multi-stream video decoding and processing hardware and adds a 3-channel 800 MHz DDR2 memory controller, dedicated multi-channel dual audio DSPs, a powerful 3-D graphics engine and supports multiple peripherals, including USB 2.0 and PCI Express.
The Intel Consumer Electronics Network, is their member-based community of hardware, software and services, all with the aim of providing super-fast delivery of Internet-connected consumer electronic devices based on the Intel platform.
A new ABI Research study explores vendors’ efforts to integrate Web-based technologies for living room entertainment. ABI says the consumer-usable living room browser market today is led by Opera and ACCESS, while OpenTV, Oregan Networks and ANT Software are active in selling their browser products. Nokia-owned Trolltech also develops mixed Web and native user interfaces.
IDC predicts internet advertising revenue will surpass newspapers, cable and broadcast TV by 2012. IDC predicts overall Internet advertising revenue will double by 2012, from $25.5 billion in 2007 to $51.1 billion. The Internet, says IDC, will move from the number 5 medium to the number 2 slot in just 5 years, second only to direct marketing.