unveiled its new Atom CE5300 media processor at the IPTV World Forum in London this week. Codenamed "Berryville," the Atom CE5300 part is a System on Chip (SoC) designed to power the next generation of set-top boxes and media gateways, Intel says. Details are fairly light at this point, though we do know it's a 32nm dual-core chip with support for hyperthreading and virtualization. According to Intel, it also has an advanced 3D/2D graphics engine, integrated power management, and an H.264-B picture hardware encoder baked in.
The hype machine is working full throttle on this one.
"This new chip from Intel will enable you to video conference with friends and family from your big screen TV in the living room. You’ll be able to show your girlfriends your new dance moves without having to worry about getting your laptop camera aimed properly," Intel said. "Also imagine a great new 3D user interface and console-level graphics for gaming with this high performance chip in set-top boxes."
Sounds great, doesn't it? To clarify, we're talking about "console-level graphics" and not Intel's assumption that you have "girlfriends" (plural).
The Atom CE5300 represents Intel's fourth generation SoC and its first dual-core CE part. No word one when Intel expects it to start shipping.