Intel® Atom™ Processor Z670/Z650: Video Decoding Results
Video decoding performance is essential for an increasing number of embedded appliances. From digital signage and gaming devices to kiosks, PDAs, consumer/medical tablets, and point-of-sale devices, the ability to render smooth high-definition (HD) video playback while preserving low CPU Utilization is an important factor in component selection.
Intel realizes this and has recently delivered an enhanced media and graphics embedded platform suitable for decoding any single high-definition stream comprised of the single-core Intel® Atom™ processor Z670 (or Z650) and Intel® SM35 Express Chipset platform (formerly code named “Oak Trail”). Low CPU Utilization and smooth video playback are both achieved by using this device combination in conjunction with Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 600 graphics, Intel SM35 Express chipset, and Intel Atom processor Z6xx series drivers. Intel has also collaborated with Microsoft—maker of the Windows* 7 operating system and Windows Media Player*—and ecosystem partners CyberLink* and ArcSoft*—media player creators to ensure the hardware-accelerated HD video decoding engine inside the Intel Atom processor Z6xx series is enabled when processing MPEG-2, H.264, WMV9 and VC-1 high-definition content.
This paper presents specific single and dual stream video decoding results generated from the Alpine Bay Customer Reference Board-based Development Kit that contains the Intel Atom processor Z670 and Intel SM35 Express Chipset running Windows 7. Recommendations on what factors influence video decode performance in this IA-based platform are also included so system designers can choose the best software applications and third-party hardware devices to pair with this embedded platform.
Read the full Intel® Atom™ Processor Z670/Z650: Video Decoding Results White Paper.