Sneak Preview at Cool Upcoming Tech from AMD
AMD has some innovative new products and technologies coming out soon and we got a sneak preview at them. First up is the upcoming Maingear Axcess HD Media Center, which isn’t just your average home entertainment media center PC. The Maingear Axcess HD Media Center is not just made to fit in with your AV equipment – it’s made to consolidate much of your AV equipment as well. The Maingear Axcess HD Media Center features the AMD 780G chipset with ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics and AMD Phenom multi-core processors. It’s also got all the important ports you’d expect – firewire, eSata, dvi and HDMI for output of up to 1080p on your TV. The PC will come with Axcess HD which is basically software comparable to Windows Media Center but with a whole bunch of neat tricks up its sleeves: like the ability to view multiple videos all at once on a curved 3D wall, the ability to surf the internet while watching a video simultaneously, the capability to record shows directly to its hard drive like a proper DVR, the power to remotely view recordings (a lot like Sling) and finally, the option to have recordings transfer directly to your iPod or other digital media player by connecting it via USB to the Maingear Axcess HD. The Maingear Axcess HD Media Center will be available in August at MainGear.
AMD was also touting its AMD GAME! Platform which is a new initiative that will help folks determine that what they are buying is good enough for gaming, because the truth is that most people don’t know an integrated card from a dedicated video card. Hardware and PC components that have the AMD GAME! logo indicate that its gaming approved, so this should make buying decisions a whole lot easier for casual gamers and newbies especially.
Finally, the technology / device that we’re probably the most excited about is the ATI XGP. The ATI XGP is an external graphics card solution for laptops, so that means that even if you have a laptop that isn’t strong enough for serious gaming – just connect the ATI XGP via PCI Express and you’ve got a lean gaming machine that is still portable. But asides for gaming, the technology has other useful purposes like general better performance for video and the ability to hook up to 3 additional monitors to a single laptop. On hand was a version that is already available from Fujitsu in Europe. But AMD says that we should expect different manufacturers in the old US of A to be using the technology soon as well.