Intel Chips Boost Video
Watching video on the Web is sometimes great, sometimes not so great. A new
chip set from Intel promises to improve the Web video experience. Intel is working
on a new
family of processors
that it says will greatly accelerate high-definition
That means less waiting for videos to play, and a clearer, smoother video display.
There will be 16 different models in the new chip family, code-named Penryn.
The new chips will find a home in both server and desktop systems (see the next
blog). The re-engineered Penryn chips are about half the size of its earlier
siblings, at 45 nanometers (a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter). To enhance
video compression, Intel has also added a new set of 46 instructions to the
Does your Web-based video experience consist mostly of watching knuckleheads
on YouTube, or do you do a lot of video conferencing? Video applications have
finally made it to the mainstream, but is it mostly fun or for business applications?
Post your answer on YouTube, but make sure to tell me as well at [email protected].
Posted by Lafe Low on November 14, 2007