AMD Live! to be announced tomorrow


— 4:58 PM on May 30, 2006

DailyTech reports that AMD plans to introduce its Live! media center PC brand tomorrow. AMD Live! will compete against Intel's Viiv platform on the desktop and in the living room. The specification for Live! systems was already revealed nearly three months ago, but DailyTech claims it has been updated in the meantime. The site says Live! desktop machines will now be required to feature at least an Athlon 64 X2 4800+ processor—a chip that currently retails upwards of $620. AMD will also restrict hard drives to models with fluid dynamic bearings in an effort to limit noise output. Additionally, the report says support for Microsoft's Away Mode will be included, requiring input devices and displays to be able to switch off when a Live! system is left unused.

In contrast with AMD Live!, Intel's Viiv is much less demanding. The platform requirements for a Viiv PC only list a Pentium D, Pentium Extreme Edition, or Core Duo processor, a supporting Intel 945, 955, or 975 chipset and ICH7-DH south bridge, an Intel PRO network adapter, and a copy of Windows XP Media Center Edition.

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