12/27/2005

A surge of entertainment PCs In 2006

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 7:54 am

Buoyed by Intel鈥檚 upcoming launch of its 鈥淰iiv鈥? consumer PC platform, demand for entertainment PCs based on the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) OS is expected to heat up in 2006, according to sources at Taiwan PC makers. A surge of entertainment PCs is expected to improve the average gross margin for desktop PCs, which has dropped to less than 10%, indicated the sources.

An entertainment PC could feature a variety of built-in multimedia capabilities, including DVD and receiver, digital/analog TV and digital sound appliances. With a remote control in hand, entertainment PCs could present streamed audio and video capabilities, to fulfill the concept of a 鈥渄igital home,鈥? the sources commented.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the average selling price (ASP) for desktop PCs may slide to US$626 in 2009, down 37.7% from US$862 in 2004. Taiwan-branded PC makers Acer, AOpen, Gigabyte Technology, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Shuttle launched entertainment PC lines in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Source: digitimes

 

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