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Intel hints at WebM acceleration

Intel hints at WebM acceleration

Intel's Atom chips could receive support for hardware acceleration of Google's WebM, if the industry as a whole adopts the format.

Google's open-source WebM video codec has received a boost from Intel's claims that future processors could include in-built hardware acceleration.

According to InfoWorld - quoting comments by Intel's Wilfred Martis - future editions of the low-power netbook-oriented Atom processor range could well include in-built hardware acceleration for the WebM codec.

Martis, Intel's general manager for retail consumer electronics, stated that "if VP8 [on which WebM is based] establishes itself in the Smart TV space, we will add it to our [hardware] decoders" - and if Atom processors for Internet-connected TVs get the support, by extension so will netbooks and slates based around the same processors.

The announcement - which, it must be said, is far from a firm commitment - will come as good news for anyone hoping that Google's open-source codec will take off as the de facto standard for HTML 5 video, but relies on the industry accepting WebM into its heart. With concern growing that the WebM codec could be vulnerable to attack from patent holders - including the MPEG LA group which is in charge of the competing H.264 standard - that's far from a given.

While Google will be hoping that the codec takes off and receives some much-needed support from hardware manufacturers, WebM is likely to remain a niche format for some time yet.

Are you pleased to see that Intel would consider adding hardware support for the WebM codec, or is such support never likely to appear so long as competing codec manufacturers can hold their patent pools over Google like the Sword of Damocles? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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lxrysprtmscl 28th May 2010, 11:46 Quote
last paragraph... shouldn't the use of Microsoft actually be Intel? or did i completely misunderstand this article?
Gareth Halfacree 28th May 2010, 12:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by lxrysprtmscl
last paragraph... shouldn't the use of Microsoft actually be Intel
You saw nothing. NOTHING.

Ahem. Fixed.
mi1ez 28th May 2010, 15:34 Quote
This looks to be a good thing. A lot of smaller gestures make bigger actions happen!
rickysio 28th May 2010, 16:12 Quote
Likely - given how capable Google is at pushing it's products.
HourBeforeDawn 28th May 2010, 17:15 Quote
well the standard is suppose to be better then the current and use less resources and be easier on hardware ie more netbook friendly so Im sure it will catch on.
lxrysprtmscl 30th May 2010, 14:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
You saw nothing. NOTHING.

Ahem. Fixed.

awesome. just glad i could help.
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