Intel’s Sandy-Bridge To Have New Media Acceleration Capability

Hopefully this will make up for overclocking restrictions because according to Intel VP and Director of PC Client Operations – Stephen L. Smith, the new CPUs will tout “special media accelerators”.

“The other cool thing is dedicated circuitry for media acceleration,” Smith said in response to a question at a Wells Fargo Securities conference earlier this month. “All of us in our daily use, whether it’s home videos or photos tend to pull things from the Internet, pull things from our own capture devices at home, bring them on to our PC, transform them into different formats…all of that will be dramatically faster if one utilizes this hardware acceleration, media acceleration that we have on Sandy Bridge.”

The Sandy-Bridge architecture will yield thinner form factors and “potentially longer battery life” in the notebook realm.

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