AfterDawn: Tech news

Alienware's Hangar18 to get Blu-ray by fall

Written by James Delahunty @ 09 Jun 2007 5:12 User comments (3)

Alienware's Hangar18 to get Blu-ray by fall

We reported a few days ago about Alienware's Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center that allows you to record and play back high-definition content in up to 1080p via an HDMI output, delivers the pristine audio quality of an onboard 5.1 surround sound amplifier and offers up to 2TB of hard drive space to store a lifetime's worth of digital media content. However, the inclusion of a Blu-ray burner was originally planned for Hangar18, but the company ran into difficulties.
"When we first started working on Hangar18, we'd qualified it under Windows XP to work with Blu-ray, and it worked flawlessly," product manager Marc Diana said. However, the company waited for Windows Vista before releasing Hangar18, and discovered during testing that everything wasn't working as it should be.



"What we saw was that the Blu-ray playback support wasn't working correctly with our integrated nVidia 6150 graphics. The nVidia 6150 is a great integrated graphics choice because it has on-board HDMI support and PureVideo support; it's the most recent integrated chipset on an HDMI-supported board. But we saw stuttering with the Blu-ray playback. It would look like frames were being skipped," Diana said.

For initial launch, the company integrated integrated a 7600GS card with onboard HDMI support. Other media centers on the market use higher end graphics cards, but the sleek design of the Hangar18 prevented the company from using more powerful cards. "GeForce 8-series cards are huge, they suck up power and energy, and run hot; and they're noisy," Diana said.

The company intends to bring Blu-ray to Hanger18 by the end of the summer, but for now is still investigating the conflict with AMD and nVidia.

Source:
PC World

Previous Next  

3 user comments

19.6.2007 17:23

Just another Vista update.

210.6.2007 11:55

That is a pretty hot looking machine.

330.7.2007 21:26

If all of the next gen devices looked as sleek as this that would be nice. All of the first gen HD and Blu Ray players just looked ugly. Reminded me of the Blaupunkt car stereos a few years ago.

Comments have been disabled for this article.

Latest news

Guide: How to Kick Unwanted Guests from Your Netflix Account Guide: How to Kick Unwanted Guests from Your Netflix Account (26 Jan 2023 2:14)
Sharing a Netflix account with a person in a different location is possible and indeed very common, although the company doesn't necessarily enjoy this behavior from their customers. However, ....
Guide: Turn an Old Computer Into a Chromebook Easily and for Free Guide: Turn an Old Computer Into a Chromebook Easily and for Free (07 Jan 2023 2:11)
Do you know someone whose computer is way beyond its best-before date, and they, unfortunately, do know have the skills or the expertise to do much about it? Or do you own a pile of old laptop ....
2 user comments
How to Choose a Robot Vacuum? How to Choose a Robot Vacuum? (07 Jan 2023 9:12)
Robot vacuums are meant to make day-to-day life easier in several ways. When they are used efficiently, they can keep the house clean continuously - at least when it comes to floors. In addition, ....
2 user comments
Tech year 2022 wrapped up: The rise of the AI, EU to become the much-needed counterweight to tech giants, ... Tech year 2022 wrapped up: The rise of the AI, EU to become the much-needed counterweight to tech giants, ... (01 Jan 2023 2:11)
AfterDawn's wrap-up for the tech year 2022. The rise of the artificial intelligence was probably the most significant change that occurred during the year 2022, but there were many other interesting developments, too.
2 user comments
OPPO to follow Samsung, OnePlus: Promises 4 Android updates, 5 years of patches for upcoming flagships OPPO to follow Samsung, OnePlus: Promises 4 Android updates, 5 years of patches for upcoming flagships (21 Dec 2022 3:45)
OPPO has updated its official Android update policy. Phone manufacturer now promises four major Android operating system updates for its new flagship phones.
4 user comments

News archive