Intel offers prize for multimedia PC

Chip giant unveils developers contest to build the smallest, sleekest multimedia PC, with a prize of up to $1 million.

Dawn Kawamoto
Dawn Kawamoto Former Staff writer, CNET News
Dawn Kawamoto covered enterprise security and financial news relating to technology for CNET News.
In an effort to find more ways to plant itself in multimedia PCs that can serve as entertainment fixtures, Intel on Tuesday launched a developers contest with a booty worth up to $1 million.

Under the Intel Core Processor Challenge, Intel is asking developers to design a small, sleek multimedia PC powered with Intel's Core 2 Duo processors. Intel plans to judge the systems on style, acoustics, functionality and features.

The chip giant will award a grand prize of $300,000 to help developers and their company put the PC into mass production, as well as $400,000 for co-marketing with Intel. The company will also choose a first-place winner, who will receive $300,000 to put the respective PC into mass production.

"Consumers today make home-PC purchase decisions based on more than just price and features. They also consider the size, shape and style," Eric Kim, general manager of Intel's Digital Home Group, said in a statement.

Developers and their companies are allowed to submit up to five original designs based on Intel's Viiv technology with Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The winners will be announced at the Intel Developer Forum in mid-March in San Francisco.