Intel planning portable media device

Intel aims to boost consumer interest in PCs and its processors by announcing components for a portable personal video player on Monday.

Intel's Emerging Platforms Lab will announce hardware and software that will help manufacturers design a device that can store and play digital media, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.

Intel won't manufacture the device, but the design is meant for a player to be the size of a paperback book that downloads content from a PC via a USB 2.0 port or through wireless 802.11b networking technology.

The device would include an Intel XScale processor, hard drive and liquid crystal display. The devices are expected to be available from manufacturers next year for about $400.

Intel spokesman Manny Vara confirmed that Intel is working on components for portable media devices, but declined to comment on the details.

Intel has previously developed devices that act as an extension of the PC, such as digital audio players and digital cameras, in the hopes of encouraging consumers to buy computers using Intel chips.

News source: Cnet

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