If a study was conducted about the frequency of utterance of the word “boredom” over the years, I am quite sure that it has been mentioned less in 2011 compared to any year since recorded history. New “Super Phones” are replacing the Smart Phone of today. Armed with NVIDIA Tegra 2 technology, these new phones are easily capable of 1080p playback and even some decent video gaming experience, while having ultralow power requirements. It wasn’t even a decade ago when having photo capabilities on your mobile phone was considered state-of-the-art. Even HTPCs are evolving from the highly customized bulky recycled desktop hardware to mini-ITX marvels capable of HD playback and basic PC usage at a fraction of the desktop power requirement. It comes as no surprise that services like NetFlix and other companies offering HD streaming services are taking up most of the internet’s bandwidth during primetime hours. High-Definition media is easily available for all and the demand for devices which can play them is only going to continue to rise..
We know what’s next for phones and mobile devices, but in case you are unfamiliar with what to expect, you can listen to HiTechLegion’s interview with Nick Stam and Bruce Chan of NVIDIA about Tegra 2 here. What about HTPC’s? Asrock is a company with a healthy stable of Intel Atom based HTPCs and SFF Net Tops, but they have set out to create the world’s first 3D Blu-Ray HTPC, dubbed Asrock Vision 3D.
The Asrock Vision 3D HTPC was designed to deliver cutting edge home theater technology in a compact form factor. The Asrock Vision 3D HTPC uses an Intel “Arrandale” mobile processor, paired with an NVIDIA GT 425M GPU, instead of the typical Intel Atom processor found in most pre-built HTPCs. The components of the Asrock Vision 3D HTPC are compactly housed inside a thick, heavy, anodized aluminum enclosure. A slot-loading Blu-ray or DVD drive can also be found inside, with a 2.5” 7200rpm HDD for storage and 4GB of DDR3 SO-DIMM memory, upgradeable to 8GB. The Asrock Vision 3D HTPC is not only capable of 3D media playback with 7.1 HD audio support over HDMI 1.4a, but users can also enjoy media encoding and even 3D Vision video gameplay.