[vdr] [OT] mini-PCIE with Broadcom Crystal HD Hardware Decoder (BCM970012) for HD playback with free drivers

Alex Betis alex.betis at gmail.com
Wed Jan 6 19:28:14 CET 2010

As far as I understand Intel presented their new chips on CES show
called Arrandale
and Clarkdale.
Both has integrated graphics accelerator and other things. Those will be
based on i7, i5 and i3 cores.
In addition to Atom based "pineview" chips that also include graphics

So now we have new options in case Atom will not provide enough juice.

Lets hope they will also release Linux drivers for those chips.

On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 9:53 PM, Tony Houghton <h at realh.co.uk> wrote:

> On Tue, 05 Jan 2010 18:32:03 +0000
> Gavin Hamill <gdh at acentral.co.uk> wrote:
> > The Crystal HD decoder will doubtless appear in netbooks very soon, and
> > I fully expect thin Intel Atom PCs to also feature it on-board. When
> > those boards/machines appear, we will be on the way to a *reliable* open
> > source STB which supports modern HD codecs + playback.
> Is it intended for the netbook market then? I didn't realise that.
> Hopefully Intel will realise that VGA is obsolete (and that they need to
> stop using inefficient chipsets with cheap & noisy coolers) otherwise
> Ion will still be the only viable option for an Atom HTPC, making
> Crystal HD theoretically redundant.
> --
> TH * http://www.realh.co.uk
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