Oct 4 2009

Broadcom Plans Netbook Device

Chip maker Broadcom, known for its communication technologies, recently launched their new tool for enabling HD video on netbooks – the Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Media Accelerator.

The company may have also licensed ARM Cortex A9 multicore processor technology in order to implement the Media Accelerator. If their chips are widely implemented in netbooks or MIDs the results could be devices with stronger, cheaper media capabilities.

The fact that the Broadcom Enhanced Media Accelerator is based on ARM architecture means we can also expect it to use less energy than products from Intel, VIA, or AMD. However, most major Windows OSes won’t work on ARM devices.

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