ATI H.264 Demo, More Pentium D 820 and 670 news, Godzilla Resurrected! Logitech gets Cordless.

Hey folks, time for a lunchtime new update for you.  Both Dave and I released our takes on the latest Pentium D and Pentium 4 670 this AM, be sure to click the images at the top of the screen for the full details.  Several other sites piped up with their own takes on Intel's latest, check'em out here:

The Tech Report

We also have some other big news rolling in as well.

ATI Leads High-Definition Video Transition On PCs

PC video leadership extended with first hardware accelerated public H.264 demonstration at Computex

MARKHAM, Ontario & TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 26, 2005-- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) solidifies its PC video and display leadership with the first public demonstration of high-definition H.264 video playback with hardware acceleration on the PC platform. H.264 is the video compression standard that will be used in the next generation high-definition video players such as Blu-ray and HD-DVD. The ATI H.264 video demonstration with ATI's next generation Radeon(r) technology will occur during Computex Taipei 2005 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

H.264 is a new video compression standard that's designed to have two to three times the compression efficiency of current schemes such as MPEG-2, while simultaneously improving overall image quality. This increased compression efficiency is highly computationally demanding, therefore graphics hardware assistance is crucial for real-time decoding of high bit-rate video. Working with industry leaders including CyberLink Corp., ATI's Radeon graphics acceleration technology meets the high-definition and computational demands of H.264.

"Consumers are clamoring for the amazing visual quality that Blu-ray and HD-DVD will bring to PCs," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, PC Business Unit, ATI Technologies. "ATI is transforming the PC video landscape by leading the industry adoption of Blu-ray and HD DVD on the PC. This new innovation builds upon ATI's unrivaled video and display technologies."

The ATI demonstration at Computex features H.264 playback with Radeon technology and a CyberLink video player application. In addition to hardware acceleration of H.264, the Radeon processor is performing next generation video processing and showing off advanced display capabilities.

ATI will exhibit PC video and graphics innovations from May 31 to June 4, in the Regency Ballroom-1F, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan.

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