Intel has unveiled a new platform named ViiV. Its goal, become the equivalent of Centrino for the ultra mini PC or Home Media Center. To illustrate this strategy a new product was presented:
As you can see, it is a Mac mini clone, but the difference is inside. It will sport a Yonah Dualcore processor and will have a DVI output as the Mac mini, but in addition it will feature a TV turner and a flash car reader.
It represents a strong competitor for Apple if PC manufacturers decide to invest in the ultra mini PC market. Apple might have to move the Mac mini with Yonah processor as soon as this processor becomes available; in addition Apple will have to convince customers that MacOSX is superior to Windows Media Center.
Some websites have obtained information related to the Pioneer BDR-101A, the first burner supporting Blu-Ray technology.
has published screenshots of Nero Infotools for this drive.
On the other side http://www.dvdrwinfo.net/
has obtained a photo of this future drive.
What is currently known : the BDR-101A will burn Blu-Ray media at 2x, and will also support DVD single and double layers. But it seems that this prototype is still not able to burn the good old CD media.
The Pioneer DVR-110 was released without any marketing campaign in August.
We immediately have tried to install it in a PowerMacG5
First, the DVR-110 (left) is really similar to the DVR-109 right).
Installing it in a PMG5 can be achieved without any problem, and takes only a couple of minutes.
After rebooting, the DVR-100 burner is immediately recognized by Tiger and iApps...
...all but iDVD as usual, since it is not a standard DVD burner installed by Apple in its computers.
But with our usual patch
, the problem can be solved, and we can use the full double layer burning capacity of the DVR-110.
Beside the support of DVD +/- R double layer at 8X, this burner does not bring any new when compared to the DVR-109. We suspect that this new model was released to keep features in Pioneer offers similar to competitors, while waiting for the future Blu-Ray.