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Convergent Home Technologies - LinuxMCE Systems & Professionally Installed Dianemo Systems

Convergent Home Technologies (CHT) is a UK based company that have been configuring, building, testing and installing Pluto & LinuxMCE based Digital Home Systems since the beginning of 2005. All of the Convergent team are also users of LinuxMCE in our own homes and so our depth and understanding of LinuxMCE is not just that of an Engineer but is also one of a passionate user of the system too! As partners to the original Pluto team and now LinuxMCE we bring a wealth knowledge and understanding of how LinuxMCE works and how to configure it so that it can become the centre of your families digital home.

CHT also contribute to the LinuxMCE project in a number of ways such as our contributions in the forums to help user get their systems up and running, through contributing code such as the vdr TV integration to the project and also through a long term hardware/software testing program.

CHT LinuxMCE based systems are built, tested and configured by our team to your needs and then shipped to you ready for you to do the last physical steps of installation in your home. We are committed to supporting our customers with strong aftersales service and through comprehensive online support.

In addition to our self-install LinuxMCE based hardware products CHT is developing a full service custom installed product thats is built on top of LinuxMCE called Dianemo that is aimed at someone who just wants a working system installed in their home as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Please visit the Dianemo web site http://www.dianemo.co.uk/ for more information.


The Convergent Team


Core Servers

Model: NerveCentre 100 (NC100)

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The NerveCentre 100 has been designed from the outset to suit installations in apartments and homes where space is at a premium. It can be discreetly located under or near your TV in your Lounge or living room and will fit in perfectly with your other AV equipment. The NerveCentre 100 has the power and expandability to comfortably be at the centre of a LinuxMCE installation with upto 4 Media Directors.

Price

From £715 (Excluding 17.5% VAT & Shipping)

Includes standard LinuxMCE installation

Features

  • Software: LinuxMCE 0704 or 0710
  • User Interface: UI2 with Overlay or UI2 with Transparency
  • Processor: Socket AM2 AMD® Athlon 64 X2 4800+ dual-core processor
  • RAM: 2Gb (expandable to 4Gb)
  • RAID: SATA 1~4 support RAID 0, 1 or JBOD mode
  • HD: 500Gb SATA (Ask about additional drive options for this unit)
  • TV: 1 x Hauppauge Nova T500 twin DVB-T tuner (other TV card options are available)
  • Internal Optical drive: Slot-load slim DVD burner
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce 6150LE integrated graphics
  • Rear IO: Component video out (RGB) x 3, Audio RCA out x 8 (8-channel audio support), VGA out (D-sub) x 1, HDMI x 1, RJ-45 LAN Jack x 1, USB2.0 x 4, IEEE 1394 (6 pins) x 1, AV out (RCA jacks) x 3, S-Video out x 1, Digital audio out (Coaxial) x 1, Digital audio out (Optical) x 1
  • Front IO: IEEE 1394 (4 pins) x 1, USB 2.0 x 2, Headphone-out x 1, Mic-in x 1, 7-in-1 memory card reader (4 slots)
  • VFD: Vacuum fluorescent display to indicate the operation status, Integrated IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and Infa-red Receiver
  • Low-Noise Cooling: Proprietary CPU Fan Heatsink to Optimize the Acoustic (26 Db at idle mode) and Full Thermal Control
  • Dimensions: 80 (h) x 430 (w) x 320 (d) (all dimensions in mm)
  • Power Supply: 300 Watts with Active PFC

Product Details

The NerveCentre 100 is compact and stylish and is designed to be located next to or under your TV and other AV equipment. With an advanced low noise cooling system and a wide range of connectivity options the NerveCentre is ideal for homes where space is at a premium or as the beginning of a system you expect to grow over time.

Model: NerveCentre 200 (NC200)

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The NerveCentre 200 is designed for larger homes or for customers who require a large amount integrated storage for DVD, TV, Music and pictures and want to have the ultimate in TV flexibility and capacity. The NerveCenter 200 plenty of room internally for several Terabytes of storage and room for upto 6 DVB-T Tuners. While the NerveCentre 200 is designed to be located in a cupboard, loft space or possibly garage it has a high quality Black finish.

Price

From £775 (Excluding 17.5% VAT & Shipping)

Includes standard LinuxMCE installation

Features

  • Black Miditower enclosure
  • Excellent expansion capability-7 slots and 4 5.25-inch and 33.5-inch drive bays.
  • Software: LinuxMCE-0710
  • User Interface: UI2 with Overlay or UI2 with Transparency
  • Processor: Socket AM2 AMD® Athlon 64 X2 4800+ dual-core processor
  • RAM: 2Gb (expandable to 4Gb)
  • HD1: 160Gb IDE (For Operating System & LinuxMCE)
  • HD2: 500Gb SATA (Ask about additional drive options for this unit)
  • TV: 3 x Hauppauge Nova T500 twin DVB-T tuner (Ask about other TV card options)
  • Internal Optical drive: LG DVD-RW
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce 6100 integrated graphics
  • Dimensions: 206 mm (W) x 432 mm (H) x 480 mm (D) (all dimensions in mm)
  • Power Supply: 350 Watts

Product Details

Media Directors

Model: MM200

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New Intel based compact Media Director with integrated Optical drive and IR - available now. Standard color is black. Yellow available by special order.

Price

£330.00 (Excluding 17.5% VAT & Shipping)

  • Ready to connect to your LinuxMCE-0704 / LinuxMCE-0710 System

Features

  • Software: LinuxMCE 0704 or 0710
  • User Interface: UI2 with Overlay
  • Processor: Intel 1.86Ghz Celeron M440. Low power under 45W with ultra low noise fan cooling system
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Internal Optical drive: Slot-in Multi UJ-85J Panasonic
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Video: Embedded Intel 945GM - External via DVI-I Port ; 85Hz Refresh Rate:1600x1200 pixels, up to 32bit Colors
  • IO: DVI-I port, S-Video, USBx4, DC-in jack, IEEE 1394, AV-in, Headphone/ Line out jack share w/ SPDIF out, Microphone/ Line in jack, RJ-11/ RJ-45, 3-in-1 Card Reader , CIR MCE Remote Control
  • Dimensions: 42 (h) x 172 (w) x 226 (d) (all dimensions in mm)
  • Weight: 1300g

Product Details

The mm200 is an incredibly compact design that uses a custom i945 laptop chipset and a very low-noise cooling system to deliver almost silent operation, low energy consumption and superb UI2 performance. The design of the mm200 has been driven by the realisation that its technical & physical design must compliment and co-exist with the other components it is connected to and the decor of the room it is located in.

The mm200's compact form factor and sleek design means that it is equally at home in your lounge, living room or bedroom.

Model: MM300

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New AMD64 based compact Media Director with onboard high-performance nVidia graphics & integrated Optical slot drive. Standard finish is brushed a metallic finish with chrome front trims. The 9-in-1 memory card slot, mic/headphone, FireWire and 2 x USB ports are hidden behind hinged front panel beneath the Optical Slot-drive.

The MM300 is a great looking Media Director, with a stylish design that will happily compliment your flat panel TV with excellent picture quality.

Price

£299.00 (Excluding 17.5% VAT & Shipping)

  • Ready to connect to your LinuxMCE-0704 / LinuxMCE-0710 System

Features

  • Software: LinuxMCE 0704 or 0710
  • User Interface: UI2 with Overlay
  • Processor: AMD Sempron 64 3500+ (2.0Ghz). Low power under 45W with ultra low noise fan cooling system
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • Internal Optical drive: Slot-in DVD-RW
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Video: Embedded nVidia GeForce 6150 Integrated Graphics, External via DVI-I Port ; 85Hz Refresh Rate:1600x1200 pixels, up to 32bit Colors
  • IO: DVI-I port, VGA port, USBx6, DC-in jack, IEEE 1394, Headphone/ Line out jack, Microphone/ Line in jack, RJ-45, 9-in-1 Card Reader
  • Dimensions: 250 (W) x 200 (D) x 60 (H) (all dimensions in mm)
  • Weight: 1600g

Product Details

The mm300 is an very compact and stylish design that has a low noise fanned cooling system, low energy consumption and superb UI2 performance. The physical design of the mm300 has been driven by the need to compliment, and integrate with, your living environment and the decor of the room it is located in.

The mm300's compact form factor, build quality and clean design means that it is equally at home in your lounge, living room or kitchen.

Model: MM400

The MM400 is a totally fanless, silent design that is compact enough to be located almost anywhere. Its discreet black finish, range of features and affordable price make it a very popular choice for many of our customers.

Price

£225.00 (Excluding 17.5% VAT & Shipping)

  • Includes Installer CD with Via Unichrome Pro Video drivers for LinuxMCE-0704 / LinuxMCE-0710
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Features

  • Software: LinuxMCE 0704 or 0710
  • User Interface: UI1
  • Processor: Via C7 1Ghz Fanless. Low power under 25W
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Internal Optical drive: None
  • Network: 10/100 Ethernet
  • Video: Embedded Via CN700 - External via VGA port ; 85Hz Refresh Rate:1600x1200 pixels, up to 32bit Colors
  • IO: 1 x keyboard - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style), 1 x mouse - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style), 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), 1 x serial - RS-232 - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9), 1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25), 6 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ( 2 in front ), 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45, 2 x audio - line-out - mini-phone 3.5mm ( 1 in front ), 1 x audio - line-In - mini-phone 3.5mm, 2 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ( 1 in front )
  • Power: External 65W power supply
  • Dimensions: 234 (h) x 64 (w) x 213 (d) (all dimensions in mm)
  • Weight: 1300g

Product Details

The MM400's compact, low energy fanless design coupled with its affordable price make it perfect for many situations where cost or low-noise solutions are essential. While not as sleek or stylish as some other Media Directors in our range the MM400 is still compact and discreet and due to its silent operation can be located in locations like bedrooms where its silent operation is ideal.

Peripherals & Components

Video

Audio

Lighting & Home Automation

Z-wave Options

Where to buy

Convergent Home Technologies will ship its products worldwide (except the USA due to product liability issues). Please contact us to get more information or to place your order; http://www.chtukltd.co.uk