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InternetNews.com: HP Hopes to Reach the Living Room

Jun 21, 2001, 17:45 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Liu)

Good strategy or solid "strategery?" Hewlett Packard is making a run on the living room with its new Entertainment Center, a Linux-based home entertainment component that provides USB, a CDRW, multiple 'net connections and a 40GB hard drive. The device will put the company firmly in the thick of a market already attracting attention from some home entertainment giants.

"HP's Entertainment Center, which will be due out this fall in time for the 2001 holiday shopping season, is a standalone device that operates on an Intel 566 Celeron processor with the Linux-based OS. Designed to resemble a component in a regular stereo rack, it comes equipped with a 40GB hard-drive, CD-RW, 3 USB ports as well as the standard S-video connection and RCA video jacks. For the home networking enthusiasts, the device connects to the Internet (or personal area networks) by way of a V90 dial-up modem, Ethernet port or HPNA (phone line) connection. The device is expected to sell for under $1,000. "

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