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New Intel chip to power Apple's iTV?

updated 06:15 pm EDT, Thu September 21, 2006

Intel chip to power iTV?

Apple's iTV media streaming device -- which was introduced on September 12th at the company's special event in San Francisco -- might use a new value chip from Intel which is set to launch within the same timeframe, according to Electronista. Walt Disney CEO Bog Iger recently confirmed the presence of a hard drive in the small wireless relay device, which would likely require a CPU powerful enough to decode H.264 high definition video using at least the 640 x 480 resolution of videos purchased from its own iTunes Music Store. The new Intel chip, currently codenamed "Pentium E1000," is a stripped-down version of the Core 2 desktop platform that uses only a single core and 1MB of L2 cache. This reduction lowers the costs and power requirements such that a device like Apple's iTV could make use of an E1000 variant without compromising Apple's desired $299 price tag.

by MacNN Staff





  1. dashiel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no HD for a while then

    in some very informal tests i concluded that to play full 1080p video without any stutters or taxing the processor up the waz you need the core duo 2 2.0 Ghz machine.

    obviously my tests were unscientific and the specs of iTV are unkown, but not being able to play HD would be a shame.

  1. ccsccs7

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HD shame

    Indead! It's got Component video and HDMI. If that's not for hi-def…

    Poor quality video on your big-screen TV! :-p

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The AMP sure has been a long time coming hasn't it??

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Video Quailty Is Poor

    Well, if the video quality remains as it is now, I'll pass on iTV.

    I purchased "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion" (Mira Sorvino is soooo hot in that film) last week. The names in the credits were blocky (due to the fact that motion is going on behind them) and diagonals had really bad tearing (name tags of the workers in the dealership we very annoying). I've seen VCDs with better quality. I wouldn't dare put that on my 37" Sharp Aquos.

    The file was aproximately 1 GB and took only 20 minutes to download from iTunes. I really think that the file should have been at least 50% larger to reduce artifacting. But, obviously, Apple is sacrficing quality for speed of download which is a bad choice in my opinion.

  1. compulov

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Decoder chip?

    Just curious if Apple would leave the decoding strictly to the processor or if they'll offload to either a dedicated DSP or possibly the graphics chip (if it has one). I'd also be curious if it's running a full-fledged OS (maybe some varient of the Darwin kernel) or basically an embedded OS (like the iPod).

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Using GPU

    ...for decoding would make the most sense if it's a low-end processor.

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