JUST AHEAD OF COMPUTEX, sources have told the INQ that Asustek will be launching a media player at the show that's built around a previously unknown and therefore somewhat mysterious Realtek chip.
Hardware Info reckons Asus's new media player will include eSATA storage connectivity and support network streaming, 1080p playback and output including 24p, and DTS decoding to LPCM over HDMI. That last feature will be fairly unique to this product initially, since DTS support has been noticeably lacking in this market segment.
The recommended price of the unit will be just €119, which should be low enough to worry vendors of competing media players that don't offer eSATA, network streaming or DTS decoding. µ