The media streamer segment has boomed in a big, big way. It wasn't long
ago that DVRs were the only boxes residing beneath the television, but
now, many are giving up cable altogether in favor of a streaming set-top
box from Roku, Popcorn Hour, D-Link, etc. Xtreamer is a company looking
to take on the big boys, and their newest box looks like it has the
muscle to do just that. It's the "Ultra," and it's getting ready to
officially debut in the coming days. Unlike some weaker units, this
machine is powered up and ready to handle all of the 1080p content you
could ever attempt to push through.
It's relying on a dual-core Atom D525 processor (or NVIDIA's Ion 2), and
since it's basically a full-scale computer underneath, you could load
up XBMC, Ubuntu, Boxee, Debian, Windows 7 or pretty much anything else
you desire. It's a portable HTPC equipped with 6 USB, eSATA, 4GB DDR3
RAM, HDMI output and an integral IR remote control. You'll also get
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, a DVI output and audio jacks, not to
mention the ability to upgrade with an optional external Blu-ray drive.
The company isn't revealing a price or release date just yet, but all
of that should be cleared up as CeBIT opens in March.