New Dream boxes to be presented at the IFA
Dream, a manufacturer of Linux-based set-top boxes, will be presenting the new generation of Dream boxes at the IFA in Berlin. These feature a plug-&-play tuner enabling them to be used for digital cable, satellite and terrestrial reception, thus providing optimum flexibility.
The IFA is being used by Dream as the platform to present the DM 7025 to the public for the first time. Apart from the improved hardware (300 MHz processor, 128 MB DDR RAM, 32 MB flash), the DM 7025 features a plug-&-play twin tuner. The twin tuner feature, combined with PVR technology, allows you to view one television programme on screen while another programme is recorded on the optional hard drive in the background. In addition, the box can be fitted with an analogue modem.
The Dream DM 500 PVR sets radically new standards. The smallest Linux receiver in the world comes equipped with a plug-&-play single tuner for DVB-S, -C-, or –T. In addition, the PVR box can be fitted with standard commercially available 2,5" hard drives. This means it is almost certainly also the smallest Linux-based hard drive receiver in the world. The box is only as large as a standard video-cassette, yet its hard drive and 100 Mbit full duplex Ethernet interface provide the full range of features necessary for a home entertainment network.
A successor to the DM 5620 will also be presented. The DM 6000 comes equipped with a single-line graphics display, and just as the 7000 series it can be upgraded through the addition of a hard drive. It, too, features a plug-&-play single tuner, and, in common with all Dream boxes, a 100 Mbit full duplex Ethernet interface.
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