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Intel's second gen chips bring new graphics, video

Posted: 07 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intel Corp. has unveiled the second generation of its Intel Core processor family that are expected to be used in more than 500 desktop and laptop PCs from all the major OEMs worldwide throughout the next year. These include Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, Intel 6 Series Chipsets, and Intel Centrino Wi-Fi and WiMAX adapters.

The chips feature a new version of the company's Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) that adds 1,080p HD and content protection for those sending HD content from their laptop screen to their TV. The company also reported it has been working with film studios and content distributors.

The processors offer what the company calls "visibly smart" microarchitecture that incorporates Intel HD Graphics on each 32nm die to enable significant graphics performance improvements over previous-generation graphics for both HD media processing and mainstream gaming. And on top of improved performance, the chips offer improved battery life and the ability to design thinner, lighter and more innovative laptops and all-in-one PCs.

A new feature of the next-generation PC and laptop processors, Intel Insider will give consumers access to movies on their PCs in full HD that were not available before.

Kevin Tsujihara, president, Warner Home Entertainment Group, explained, "Warner Bros. sees the PC as one of the most broadly available and versatile platforms for delivering premium digital entertainment, and now that Intel has made it more secure, we're able to provide new releases and popular catalog titles in full HD to the PC through our WBShop storefront and from partners like CinemaNow on the same day as DVD and Blu-ray releases."

In collaboration with Hollywood and Bollywood studios and content distributors such as CinemaNow, Dixons Retail plc, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment, Image Entertainment, Sonic Solutions, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, Intel offers a protected environment for the distribution, storage and playback of premium content. This enables content owners and video services to release more movies in HD. Commercial distribution of HD premium content using the Intel Insider technology is expected to begin during Q1 11.

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