AMD releases Live! spec
The hardware specification has finally been released for AMD Live!, which is AMD's upcoming answer to Intel's Viiv platform. The specification is as follows:
[E]ither a dual-core Athlon X2 microprocessor or FX chip; either a Media Center Edition or Vista operating system; a Serial ATA hard drive or RAID array; either a single or dual-GPU graphics card that can run the basic "Aero" interface of Vista; and a low-RPM power supply, required to eliminate the noise that might interfere with the television experience.
While these requirements are pretty clear, the article states that AMD Live! is actually more of a software solution than a hardware one; its goal is apparently to allow PC graphical interface elements to be overlaid on users' TVs without disrupting the broadcast or viewing experience. AMD executives reportedly stated that the Live! launch will take place in two phases, with the first one expected in 2007.