PMP devices are expected to be available by the manufacturers on retail shelves in 2004**. Creative Labs, iRiver America and Samsung are demonstrating PMP production intent devices here at the International Consumer Electronic Show.
A PMP with a 20GB hard drive is estimated to provide up to 70 hours of video storage, play 700 hours of music and hold up to 2 million photos. Actual device capabilities will vary. Intel XScale technology offers industry-leading, low-power consumption to help extend the battery life of these handheld devices by up to an estimated four to six hours.
To speed product development, Intel created a PMP reference design based on the Intel PXA255 applications processor, and includes a colour LCD panel, hard disk drive, AC97-compatible audio subsystem and a USB 2.0 interface. Microsoft engineers used the Intel PMP reference design to create their Windows CE-based Portable Media Center software.