Sep 18 2013

News - Intel Haswell NUC D54250WYK Includes HTPC Header

If you saw the recent Intel Haswell NUC D54250WYK announcment and thought "hey, that would make a pretty slick HTPC" - go ahead and sit down. Not only does it have all the good stuff like IR, SATA, USB 3.0, etc. that we mentioned before. It also has the HTPC_HEADER on board.

Unfortunately, there isn't space in the stock chassis to mount the Pulse-Eight internal CEC adapter so a custom enclosure will be required to get the most out of it. That said, frankly I don't care - this is awesome news!

Hopefully someone steps up to make a suitible enclosure or we will have to do something on Kickstarter Smile.

Aug 01 2012

News - Pulse-Eight Releases libCEC 1.8, adds Raspberry Pi support

Linux XBMC users of Pulse-Eight's HDMI CEC adapter have enjoyed an advantage over their Windows counterparts, in that it offered better support for waking the PC. Fortunately with the just released spin of libCEC (now on 1.8) and associated firmware this slight should be righted - I'll let you know as soon as I can test it out :).

While that's great, it's not the biggest piece of libCEC news coming out today - with support for the Raspberry Pi's native hardware also added to the latest rev. Kudos!

The full details and links to the necessary bits can be found over at Pulse-Eight's blog.

Aug 26 2011

News - Pulse-Eight Bringing USB HDMI-CEC Adapter to PCs

USB-CECFor the most part, support for CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) in home theater PCs (HTPC) has been terribly lacking. What is CEC you ask? Quite simply, it is a communications channel and protocol utilized in HDMI that allows functionality such as controlling power and volume of a connected TV among other things. You may have heard of it in a manufacturer's trade name such as Anynet+, Bravia Sync, SimpLink, VIERA Link, etc.

Pulse-Eight, the company who recently brought us the Motorola Nyxboard Hybrid XBMC remote, is now unleashing a USB to CEC bridge adapter for use in HTPCs. A USB port is used to supply power as well as inject and receive CEC commands on the HDMI link passing through the device. While we have seen similar devices before, Pulse-Eight is bringing with it an attractive sub-$50 price point along with support baked into XBMC and an open-source library called libCEC which is offered to bring the CEC functionality to other software platforms such as Windows Media Center or SageTV.

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