X2 introduces next generation HDTV media center.


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SANTA MONICA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/30/2005 -- X2 Corporation, a global manufacturer and direct marketer of digital lifestyle products, today announces the MEGA 865 Pro Media Center PC with its new X2Link Digital Home Architecture and X2Go Extended TV Technology. The MEGA 865 Pro completes the digital home entertainment experience by integrating hi-definition HDTV digital TV and video, sound, and data together in a single, lightweight and compact unit and it is part of X2's new X2Link Digital Home Architecture. With X2Link, users now have a choice to be able to watch their favorite live and/or recorded TV shows from the MEGA 865 Pro on any PC or notebook within their home network using X2Link software. X2Link gives users the freedom to choose when and where they want to watch TV in their house. And X2Link also allows programming and scheduling of the MEGA 865 Pro from anywhere on the Internet. Plus, with its new X2Go Extended TV Technology, the MEGA 865 Pro can automatically synchronize recorded videos to any X2Go-enabled portable device, such as X2's award-winning Mega View Portable Media Player, so TV shows and videos recorded on the MEGA 865 Pro can automatically be transferred onto an X2Go-enabled portable device so users can take their TV on the video on the road. Finally individuals can watch favorite television programs from anywhere in their house and on the road with the MEGA 865 Pro as the center for their digital entertainment and lifestyle.

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The MEGA 865 Pro is also HDTV-ready featuring a built-in HDTV digital TV tuner that is able to decode ATSC Digital TV formats, including 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i, and can display these high-definition images in 4:3 standard or 16:9 widescreen aspect ratios onto a HDTV-ready TV, LCD, Plasma or Rear Projection TV plus a PC monitor simultaneously. HDTV broadcasts TV at DVD video quality or better with CD audio quality. As mandated by the FCC, all 1,678 TV stations in the United States must be 100% digital by 2006 and there are currently 1,129 DTV stations on air in 202 markets in the United States, serving 99.35% of all U.S. households. Over 50% of all TV shows are now broadcast in HDTV and over 80% of all U.S. households receive five or more DTV channels. The MEGA 865 Pro can receive both free-to-air antennae-based Digital TV signals with the included DTV antennae and analog NTSC signals from standard cable and satellite boxes and integrates these signals seamlessly. The MEGA 865 Pro can watch, pause and record analog TV, DTV and HDTV can burn this data onto DVD or CD Recordable disks with the built-in DVD Recorder. The MEGA 865 Pro also features Dolby Digital Surround Sound for the ultimate movie watching experience.

The MEGA 865 Pro Media Center PC unit is designed to present consumers with an easy and fast way to share pictures, download and listen to music, link to mobile devices, watch movies and programs, play games, connect to home theater components and systems, access all media/data types, connect to other PC's, and more. This integration is exemplified by the advanced front LED color control panel display, which displays info such as current mode, CD and/or DVD playback status (chapter/time/track info), audio and video info/settings and volume plus PC environment data such as internal PC temperature and HD status. It comes with a full function remote controller will all of the MEGA 865 Pro's various functions and an intuitive graphical media menu system. The MEGA 865 Pro also features X2's Instant-On, Instant Play technology that allows the MEGA 865 Pro to turn on almost instantly, like more traditional electronics components, to play movies, videos and music or view photos without the need to boot up to Windows, saving power and boot-up time.

Looking almost nothing like a PC, the MEGA 865 Pro is equipped with a powerful Intel Pentium 4 processor with hyper-threading and speeds up to 3.6GHz. The MEGA 865 Pro small, cube shaped footprint makes it the ideal size to put on a bookshelf and even has optional matching bookshelf speakers. The core of the center contains up to 2GB of DDR400 memory and up to a 400GB hard drive. The MEGA 865 Pro also has a built-in 802.11b+g Wi-Fi Wireless LAN and 10/100 fast Ethernet LAN networking connectivity for the sharing of digital video, sound, and data with other computers in the network or around the world via Internet. Plus, with the MEGA 865 Pro many ports including IEEE 1394 Firewire ports and USB 2.0 connectivity it is easy to link to all of the various digital toys and gadgets including digital cameras, webcams, scanners, printers and more.

In the digital entertainment arena, the X2 MEGA 865 Pro allows users to watch DVD movies in 5.1 Surround Sound with the built-in DVD player, listen to CD's, MP3's or AM/FM radio, record and play TV shows with the built-in TV tuner and digital video recorder, download and edit digital camera photos and data from PDA's with the 6-in-1 media card reader (SD, MMC, Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro), record video from a camcorder using the IEEE 1394 Firewire port and record up to 4.7GB of data with the built-in DVD+/-RW dual format recordable/rewritable drive. The MEGA 865 Pro also includes an onboard 3D graphics accelerator plus an AGP 8X and a 32bit PCI expansion slot for future expansion.

"As the digital convergence trend continues to grow and HDTV becomes a reality, the need to centralize and synchronize all the various digital devices and media becomes more important," says Rex Wong, President of X2 Corporation. "With our new X2Link and X2Go technologies, the MEGA 865 Pro functions as the hub for the new digital lifestyle."

About X2 Corporation

X2's mission is to become the premier brand for digital lifestyle products. Every X2 product is designed with a focus on innovation, style and user experience. X2 offers an array of popular digital lifestyle products ranging from MEGA Media Center PCs and super-thin notebooks to its Mega Player line of hybrid MP3 digital audio players and Mega View pocket video recorder/viewers. The X2 management team includes seasoned executives from Cisco, General Electric, Google, Vivendi, D-Link and Netgear with over 100 years of combined experience in the IT industry. X2 is located at 911B Canada Court, City of Industry, CA 91748. For more information, please contact [email protected]. At Digital Hollywood, X2 will be in Booth #14.