You know Patriot Memory mostly for its line of memory kits and solid state drives. In 2012, Patriot wants you to get acquainted with its new PBO (Patriot Box Office) Alpine media player, a set-top box powered by an ARM926 processor and driven by Google's Android platform. According to Patriot, this is what the next generation of home media players looks like.
"Flexibility and full support will be what differentiates the PBO Alpine from other available media player solutions," says Mo Monh, Patriot Memory’s Product Manager. "Providing the flexibility of the Android OS paired with support for commonly supported media file types, the PBO Alpine will provide endless possibilities for both mainstream and enthusiast consumers."
The supported list of file types Mr. Monh alludes to includes M-JPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, Xvid, RealVideo, VP6, and .MKV. On the audio front, the PBO Alpine has ears for AAC-LC/HEACC/HE-AAC v2, DTS, AC3, AMR-NB, DTS, MP3, OGG, and RA_COOK.
It supports Full HD 1080p video output at 30 frames per second via HDMI, includes an SD card slot, and comes preloaded with iRadio, iTV, YouTube, Picasa, and a fully functional Web browser. The PBO Alpine also supports user developed apps that can be side-loaded.
We're waiting to hear back from Patriot regarding a ship date and price.