Xtreamer Ultra Portable HTPC Ships With Ion 2, Your Choice Of OS

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.