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Broadcom makes HD playback a breeze for next-gen netbooks

Intros dedicated Crystal HD decoder chip
By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops News | Posted: Dec 23, 2009 4:48 am

Broadcom has announced its new Crystal HD (BCM70015) chip today which is an option for OEMs designing netbooks with Intel's next-gen NM10 Express chipset / N450 processor to enhance the video playback capabilities.




This little chip is a low power, low cost solution which takes the strain off the platform by taking care of both standard and high-definition video playback. It supports multiple formats including H.264/AVC, MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV9, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid and AVS.


ASUS, Dell, Samsung and inevitably other netbook manufacturers are confirmed to be making use of the BCM70015 on select upcoming netbooks; some of which we'll no doubt catch a glimpse of during CES next year.


You can check out the video below to see how well it works compared to a similarly spec'd netbook without the use of the chip.



For further information on Broadcom's Crystal HD solution, the official announcement can be read here.


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