Intel seems to be handing out awards left and right these days, following up its co-sponsorship of a competition with Samsung with the announcement of the winners of its Intel Core Processor Challenge today. This one tasked competitors with designing a system based on Intel's Viiv platform and Core 2 Duo processors, with style also counting for more than a few points. Walking away with the top prize was TriGem Computer's "Black Crystal" home theater PC (pictured above), which proved to be enough to net the company $300,000 to put towards the production of the PC and another $400,000 for marketing and promotion. Coming in second place but not leaving empty handed was Norway's Mesiro, which snagged a cool $300,000 for its slightly less flashy "Asono Merium" system (check it out after the break). Anyone thinking they can do better shouldn't waste too much time getting their act together, as Intel's set to do the whole thing all over again later this year.

[Via Crave]

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