HD Video Decoding coming to Pine Trail

We all want to know how the next generation Atom CPU, called Pine Trail, will handle HD video. Today, they have revealed they are working with Broadcom to enhance HD video decoding for their Pine Trail platform for netbooks.
Intel plans to offer Broadcom’s BCM70015 graphics chip as an option to improve video performance on Pine Trail platform devices. The chip has a die size of 10×10mm and consumes 30mW at idle. When playing 720p content, power consumption of the chip is lower than 500mW, and it consumes less than 1W while playing 1080p content.

The chip will support AVC, H.264, VC-1, WMV9 and MPEG2 video formats. It’ll also be compatible with XP, Windows 7 and Linux. It’ll be available as an option to manufacturers along with Pine Trail at the end of this year.

HD Flash videos are still probably a lost cause. There’s no hardware acceleration available for flash and the it all depends on the raw processing power of the Pine Trail CPU, of which these details have not yet been released.


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