Intel announced yesterday the opening of their Intel Core Processor Challenge. The contest is open to all PC designers and manufacturers worldwide and consists of building a working model of the smallest, most stylish personal computer to be used in any room of the house as an entertainment center. The terms are that all designs have to be original, and the systems must be based on Intel's Viiv technology.

The challenge is looking for ways to motivate the use of PCs with Viiv technology as home entertainment centers, evolving away from the big beige box. They want a computer that is small, full of style and functionality that takes advantage of all the Viiv features. Intel is going to give up to $1 million in prizes, with the first-place winner receiving up to $300,000 to help enable the mass production of their system.