|Enables Users to Switch from Desktop Computing Tasks to Remote-Controlled Entertainment Applications from Their Living Room Couch|
InterVideo(R), Inc. (NASDAQ:IVII) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to supply InterVideo InstantON technology for AOpen(R)'s new XC Cube Edition(TM) AV (XC Cube AV), a Small Form Factor (SFF) bare system designed for the Build-Your-Own (BYO) PC market. By including InterVideo InstantON with the stylish-looking XC Cube AV, AOpen gives resellers, distributors and system integrators a versatile solution for configuring PCs that can be used for both computing tasks and home entertainment. With InterVideo's innovative PcE software delivering true PC and CE convergence, AOpen's new XC Cube AV doubles as a cost-effective DVD/VCD player and TV viewer, an MP3/Audio CD player and an FM radio enhanced with rich surround sound and remote control access.
InterVideo InstantON is a modular Linux(R)-based software solution that powers up in about 10 seconds. Users do not have to install and start Windows(R) to enjoy the full range of Consumer Electronics (CE) applications. They can quickly access and enjoy TV, DVDs, VCDs, radio and music with outstanding clarity from the comfort of their living room couch simply by pushing the Play button on the remote control.
The XC Cube AV is based on AOpen's XC Cube, a barebones PC that has been winning awards for design, equipment and workmanship since it was first introduced. InterVideo InstantON clearly sets the XC Cube AV apart from other barebones PCs that usually only include a case, motherboard, and a power supply. PC builders add their own processors, memory, hard drive, optical drive, and other peripherals to complete the system.
InterVideo InstantON technology incorporates both a Windows and Linux operating system, each occupying a separate partition on the hard drive. One of the unique features of InstantON's architecture is that users can share digital music and video files between the Windows and Linux environments. Designed with a dual-boot configuration, InstantON lets AOpen XC Cube AV users easily move from the instant access, CE-like multimedia applications, to the Windows PC mode (which requires the full Windows load time and standard keyboard/mouse control), with a single click of the remote.
"By embedding InterVideo's InstantON technology with our new XC Cube AV, system builders can remove the convergence barriers between the PC and CE applications," explained Kevin Chen, XC Product Director at AOpen. "This will give system builders an edge because they can offer one, space-saving box for both computing and digital entertainment; and their customers will like it because they'll only pay one price for the complete PC/CE experience and there is virtually no learning curve."
"Custom-built PCs are accounting for a growing share of the white box market," said Steve Ro, CEO and founder of InterVideo. "This trend was originally driven by budget-conscious consumers who don't want to buy more than they need. But now," he noted, "there's an entire market emerging that is being driven by people who want the benefits of a home entertainment center without the added expense. We congratulate AOpen for being at the forefront of this new trend and look forward to participating in their success."
AOpen's new XC Cube AV includes the Intel(R) 865G chipset which supports Intel's latest Socket 478 Pentium(R) 4 CPU, USB 2 and FireWire (IEEE1394) ports, two memory slots for dual DDR400, analog and digital SP/DIF audio ports, and two serial-ATA ports for hard disks as well as TV-out for using the system as a DVD player. A TV card can be added with the open PCI slot. GBit LAN and SilentTek, AOpen's quiet fan technology, are also included.
To ensure InstantON support, InterVideo has tested and released the drivers for leading AV hardware. Supported VGA chips include those from Intel, ATI, VIA and SiS. The supported audio drivers include those from ADI, Realtek, C-Media, and Conexant. For TV-capture, drivers for the Philips and Conexant chip sets are available; and for TV-out, a Chrontel driver can be used.
The AOpen XC Cube Edition(TM) AV featuring InterVideo InstantON technology is currently available in Japan and will soon be available through AOpen channel partners worldwide. The system includes the stylish matte black housing, a remote control handset, and a motherboard as well a CD with InterVideo InstantON and AOpen Utility. For more information, visit http://solution.aopen.com.tw/products/XC/EA65/en/.
InterVideo InstantON is currently available from InterVideo only to OEMs for evaluation and integration and is not sold as stand-alone retail software. The modular nature of the product enables OEMs and middleware developers to create customized solutions and to incorporate only the features that are required for a particular device. InstantON, includes the OS, BIOS, drivers, modules (engines), applications, user interface and remote controller.
InterVideo also offers consulting services to assist OEM InstantON customers with product planning and customization, hardware driver fine-tuning, inter-company software integration, planning test procedures and product updates.
Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, with AOpen America's headquarters in San Jose, Calif., AOpen America is the world's largest total PC component solutions manufacturer Leveraging more than 28 years of technology manufacturing experience and more than 1,000 Group patents, AOpen designs, manufactures and markets high-quality, state-of-the-art motherboards; housings; VGA cards; white-box notebooks; optical drives; multimedia headsets and headphones; multimedia and network solutions; as well as numerous other PC component products sold through VARs to institutional, corporate, education and government customers, and via retailers to small business and end-user customers.
About InterVideo, Inc.
InterVideo is a leading provider of DVD software. InterVideo has developed a technology platform from which it has created a broad suite of integrated multimedia software products that allow users to capture, edit, author, burn, distribute, and play digital video. InterVideo's software is bundled with products sold by the majority of the leading PC OEMs. The company is headquartered in Fremont, CA with regional offices in Europe, Taiwan, China and Japan. For more information, contact InterVideo at 510/651-0888 or visit the company's Web site at www.intervideo.com.
Safe Harbor Statement Except for the historical statements contained herein, the foregoing release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding InterVideo's InstantON product. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially due to several factors, including but not limited to the ability to forecast customer behavior and recognize or respond to emerging trends, changing preferences or competitive factors, the market acceptance of our new products and product enhancements, the resolution of any notices of claims regarding alleged infringement of third parties' intellectual property rights, the ability to maintain or expand our relationship with PC OEMS and other risks and uncertainties. Please consult the various reports and documents filed by InterVideo with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to InterVideo's Form 10-Q for other risk factors that could cause actual results to differ. All forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and InterVideo disclaims any responsibility to update or revise any forward-looking statement provided in this news release.
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