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HD media player speeds up

Oct 02, 2010, 07:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"Qnap Systems announced a new version of its NAS-like, 1080p-ready IP set-top box and media player. The NMP-1000P Network Multimedia Player features a faster, Sigma Designs system-on-chip (SoC) than the previous model, running the 667MHz SMP8643, and adds twice as much RAM (512MB), four times the flash memory (256MB), enhanced Wolfson audio, and a eSATA Host port.

"It was almost exactly a year ago that Qnap launched the NMP-1000, a DLNA-ready media player billed as a cross between a set-top box (STB) and a network-attached storage (NAS) server. The new "P" version of the device uses the same 8.0 x 6.9 x 2.4-inch (204 x 176.4 x 62mm), 1.5-pound (0.7 kg) chassis, but beefs it up with a faster processor, more memory, and improved audio and external storage support.

"Qnap did not listed the embedded operating system of either system, but considering that the software is said to be based on Qnap's Linux-based Turbo NAS server stack, a tuxy foundation appears more than likely for the NMP-1000P."

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