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VIA enhanced Xine Player supports MPEG-4, MPEG-2

Posted: 14 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:via technologies? xine project? vexp 3.0? xine player v3.? mpeg-4?

VIA Technologies Inc. released enhancements to the open source Xine project in the form of VeXP 3.0 (VIA enhanced Xine Player, version 3.0) that supports hardware-based MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 video acceleration for entertainment devices based on VIA C-series digital media chipsets.

"VeXP 3.0 is the latest in a growing range of free source code and programs from VIA that bring a valuable software element to our total silicon platforms," said Justin Hsu, Executive Assistant to the President, VIA Tech. "By providing such a complete solution we are helping our partners to gain a competitive edge in the development of smart Personal Electronics devices and expedite implementation of new features and capabilities."

The VIA processor platforms, comprised of a wide range of power efficient x86 processors, feature-rich chipsets and a full compliment of companion chips, incorporate hardware-based features that spread the workload across the platform to improve performance of critical applications while reducing the workload on the system.

VeXP 3.0 and the accompanying source code make it easier for software developers to incorporate support for MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 hardware acceleration in Linux-based Personal Electronics devices based on VIA processor platforms that feature the VIA CN400 or VIA CLE266 chipset.

Hardware digital video acceleration in the VeXP 3.0 will work on systems based on VIA's CN400 and CLE266 digital media chipsets. The company added that the VeXP 3.0 will be able to reduce the workload on the system processor by more than 50 percent when used with the forthcoming VIA EPIA SP Mini-ITX and VIA EPIA N Nano-ITX mainboards as it supports an extensive range of media formats that include AVI, ASF, CDDA, DVD, MP3, VCD and RM.

Linux distributions supported by the player include Fedora Core 1, Mandrake 9.2, MontaVista 3.1, Red Flag 4.0, Red Hat 7.3/8.0/9, and SuSE 8.1. VIA also provides the PadLock ZIP Utility and source code with support for the PadLock ACE (Advanced Cryptography Engine) as a free download for developers who wish to incorporate support for PadLock hardware security features into existing software or customize the utility to meet their individual needs.

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