September 27, 2006 9:42 AM PDT

Intel offers prize for multimedia PC

In an effort to find more ways to plant itself in multimedia PCs that can serve as entertainment fixtures, Intel on Tuesday launched a developers contest with a booty worth up to $1 million.

Under the Intel Core Processor Challenge, Intel is asking developers to design a small, sleek multimedia PC powered with Intel's Core 2 Duo processors. Intel plans to judge the systems on style, acoustics, functionality and features.

The chip giant will award a grand prize of $300,000 to help developers and their company put the PC into mass production, as well as $400,000 for co-marketing with Intel. The company will also choose a first-place winner, who will receive $300,000 to put the respective PC into mass production.

"Consumers today make home-PC purchase decisions based on more than just price and features. They also consider the size, shape and style," Eric Kim, general manager of Intel's Digital Home Group, said in a statement.

Developers and their companies are allowed to submit up to five original designs based on Intel's Viiv technology with Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The winners will be announced at the Intel Developer Forum in mid-March in San Francisco.

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"Intel is asking developers to design a small, sleek multimedia PC
powered with Intel's Core 2 Duo processors."

Ever heard of a Mac Mini?
Posted by Dalkorian (3000 comments )
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Well..then Apple should contest and win
Apple mac mini should contest and win. Then intel can own mac mini rights to market and sell!!!
Posted by Tanjore (322 comments )
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Easy fan-boy
I hardly consider the Mac Mini to be a good multimedia center. No expansion ports, severly limited hard drive, no video expansion possibility.
This means you're very limited in TV tuners, soundcards, videocards etc... all the tasty extras serious media centers would need.

5400rpm hard drive? It's a toy. A cool little toy, but just a toy.
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