Media Center

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What is it?

A silent compact PC with an embedded OS and multimedia capability.


  • 2U PF-19 rack mount case
  • 8 USB ports
  • 4 Firewire ports
  • Wireless networking 802.11
  • Fast ethernet
  • Boots from flash card or USB device
  • Video: Composite RGB (NTSC/PAL), VGA
  • Integrated multi-format flash-card reader (CF, xD, Memory Stick) NZ$35
  • Infra-red interface for remote control
  • Web-based interface
  • Audio in/out
  • Microphone input
  • Analogue (joystick) and switch inputs


Note that the first hardware configuration is 'ideal' but a prototype could be made from lower spec components, suitable for the testing phase.



  • Any 1 ghz + x86 ITX integrated board (audio, video, ethernet on board)
  • Power supply
  • 128 MB ram
  • USB Flash Drive


Hardware additions to add to the user experience

Useful bits

  • Cases: Component stereo type cases, this will not look or sound like a PC
  • Fascia panels with RCA sockets or USB sockets
  • Heatsinks suitable for processor and/or power supply for passive cooling
  • Component RCA type connectors of different colours (red, yellow, white, green)
  • Bi / Tri color LED for panel lights
  • Any other cool looking bits


  • Boot from USB memory stick or compact flash card
  • Video player
  • Audio player plays all audio formats including
    • mp3
    • aiff, wave
    • ogg
  • Picture viewing and organising software (via ImageMagick)
  • File transfering and sharing software
  • Can handle multiple audio and video interfaces. To play different music to two different rooms for example.


see interface for design aspects or nodeInterface and PERL-SDL-SWF for development

See also