updated 03:25 pm EDT, Thu September 24, 2009
Intel CE4100 media processor
Intel at its third-day IDF keynote unveiled a new media system-on-a-chip (SoC) that should bring advanced media features to networked media hubs and TVs. The CE4100 is Intel's first all-in-one processor based on its Atom architecture and is made on a much smaller, more efficient 45 nanometer process than the Pentium M- and 65nm-based CE3100. These and a new hardware decoder give it enough power to render two simultaneous 1080p video streams, even in the more demanding H.264 format, and to render 3D graphics for the menu system or games.
The upgrade is such that it should be one of the first SoCs capable of handling streaming video in Adobe's Flash 10.
Three models begin the lineup, all of which are clocked at 1.2GHz and consume between seven and nine watts of power. As the base model, the CE4100 lacks most video options and has a basic 200MHz graphics core. The CE4130 adds the full complement of AV, and the CE4150 gets a 400MHz core for more demanding tasks. Every chip has its own flash memory controller as well as built-in controllers for input and output, like SATA II and USB 2.0.
Intel hasn't said when CE4100-equipped devices will ship or named hardware customers, but Flash 10 for the platform should be ready sometime in the first half of 2010.