Arctic debuts Linux-powered XBMC system

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Arctic has introduced a Linux-powered system specifically designed to run XBMC's popular Media Center app.

Key specs include OpenELEC 3.0, XBMC 12, a fanless design, an Intel (x86) Atom 1.8 GHz processor (D525), AMD Radeon HD graphics (5430) and a $229 price tag.

Additional specs?

2GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD, WiFi, Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, SPDIF, 5 USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm audio jack, a 24x DVD-RW drive, a flash card reader and an IR receiver.

Basically, the Arctic MC001-XBMC is ready to be plugged into a television, with a wireless remote to navigate and play content.

"Watch TV directly on MC001-XBMC and, thanks to OpenELEC 3.0 PVR functionality, you can even record your favourite shows," a company rep said in a statement.

"A multitude of Add-ons will let you extend MC001-XBMC's capabilities beyond your imagination: listen to radio, watch online video (YouTube, Vimeo and others), access your favorite music and show your latest pictures."

As previously discussed on TG Daily, the first beta version of XBMC 12.0, also known as Frodo, went live in late 2012 for Windows, OS X, the Raspberry Pi, Ubuntu and Android.

XBMC can best be described as a free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC Foundation for the original Microsoft Xbox console. Essentially, the versatile cross-platform software facilitates the easy navigation and streaming of local or remote content, such as videos, television shows and music.