Apple TV specifications: Intel (Pentium M) inside

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appletv.jpgAmidst the excitement of an Apple keynote speech, details tend to get lost. Of course, a glittering speech isn’t the place for detailed specifications that not everyone is even interested in, but both the iPhone and Apple TV are noticeably lacking in actual concrete specs.

That’s understandable for the iPhone, which is still nearly half a year from release, but the Apple TV is due out next month and yet details on Apple’s official product page are scant.

AppleInsider thinks it has come up with some extra details, based on… well, insider knowledge I presume.

Far from using state-of-the-art technology, it sounds as if it’s being held up by some distinctly fading gadgetry. The “Intel processor” that Apple now proudly boast for most of their computers and gadgets is, AI believe, an Intel Pentium M 1.0GHz processor that’s been underclocked to run on a 350MHz bus. It has 2MB of level 2 cache. An nVidia G72M with 64MB DDR2 video memory assists with video decoding.

The internal 40GB drive is meant for local storage of 50 hours of video, 9,000 songs, or 25,000 pictures, though the machine needs to be synced to iTunes on a master computer.

Apparently the wireless technology (up to 802.11n) is delivered via an 802.11n mini PCIe card and 5 wireless antennae – 2 for data transmission and 3 for reception.

Finally, the supplied USB port is only for services and diagnostics, rather than anything more exciting, though I’m sure Apple could turn it into something more exciting.

(Via AppleInsider)

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Andy Merrett