After several reports it's amost time for Conceptronic's YuiXX media player to be released, the settop box is expected to hit shelves in late February. As is known by most readers, this will be the first media player based on Intel's new mediaprocessor, the CE3100. This CPU -clocked at 800 MHz- is to make the YuiXX the most powerful media player available. The device also supports digital television, with DVB-T tuners to be released shortly after the introduction. There's a huge interest in DVB-C tuners, because this would potentially make the YuiXX the all-in-one solution that'd make all additional devices (tuner, harddiskrecorder, media player) obsolete. It's still unclear whether that'll be the case, though even without the feature the YuiXX brings plenty of improvements that'll surely put the device on many a wishlist.
The main selling point of the YuiXX is its diversity: playing media is only one of the many features the device is to offer. By applying the widget technology, companies or institutions can easily release applications which can be added to the YuiXX player free of charge or paid for through a widget store.
Initially, Conceptronic planned to have released the YuiXX by late January, though as is the case with several new products, additional fine-tuning was required. It also provides Conceptronic with an opportunity to recruit more parties in the widget store. Enquiring with Conceptronic and Intel on the player's delay resulted in the following statement:
The YuiXX media player is a pioneer in its kind and expectations are high. The development of the Intel chip used in this device was done in close cooperation with Conceptronic-Metrological. Multiple specific and unique features were integrated that are to live up to the specific demands of Conceptronic-Metrological -in other words, this isn't a standard product. Intel has paid a lot of attention to the quality demands required for such a product -especially in the area of audiovisual content protection- and wishes to deliver a product that lives up to these demands. This process has been completed and the production of the Intel chip to be uesd in the YuiXX player has been initiated.
Hardware.Info will thoroughly test and discuss this new development in the media player segment, though we too have to be patient for a while longer. In the meantime, interested readers can watch a YuiXX demonstration video on www.yuixx.com/tv.