AMD unveils TV Wonder products
AMD aims to please those who use the computer as their primary means of entertainment, and this time it is the ATI TV Wonder range of products that bring both the analog and digital worlds together. Both resemble that of a USB flash drive, plugging into your desktop or notebook to bring the world of high definition TV (HDTV) into the comfort of your living room, complete with digital video recording capabilities. What are the two devices being paraded today? Why, the ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe and the ATI TV Wonder 600 USB, of course. Read more about the specifications after the jump.
The ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe , being the top of the line device, is a combination tuner DVR that comes with ClearQAM tuning, enabling computer users to be on the receiving end of unencrypted digital content which is available from their local cable television provider. Not only that, users get the ability to switch between analog and digital TV to watch and record a digital TV program while watching or recording another analog TV channel simultaneously. I guess the bigger headache would be finding the time to watch all the recorded shows, but that’s definitely a good problem to have. As for the external plug-and-play ATI TV Wonder 600 USB, this device turns your computer into an instant DVR complete with a bunch of features that will keep any multimedia buff happy.
Both devices will feature AMD’s very own Catalyst Media Center software that works seamlessly with Windows Vista Media Center and Windows XP Media Center Edition. AMD hopes to make the computer as the digital hub in all living rooms in the future, and this is one step towards realizing that dream. The ATI TV Wonder 600 USB comes complete with a credit card-sized IR remote control, an A/V input adapter for video capture from a camcorder or VCR (what – people still use these things?!), as well as the above mentioned bundled software. Both devices are expected to hit North America by September at a yet undisclosed price.