[mythtv-users] Interesting Cringely article on possible Apple PVRs
beww at beww.org
Sat Mar 10 14:47:38 UTC 2007
On Mar 9, 2007, at 5:51 PM, Jason Sullivan wrote:
> Which is why it amazes me that nobody seems to make a TV In/Out card
> with a general purpose DSP, GPU, or even an FPGA on it. Sure, it's a
> little more expensive, but it's future-proof (well, future-resistant),
> and those processors (or random gates) can run (or be configured to
> run) codecs much faster than a regular CPU.
Actually I think it would be a *lot* more expensive. Comparing the
costs of the different type of devices in single-unit quantities does
not tell the real story of how cheap the mass-produced non-
programmable units truly are in large quantities. Most of the cost
for small quantities are for packaging, inventorying, documentation
> I'm already an nVidia customer for life, but what would make them
> unimpeachable is for me to be able load an arbitrary video codec to
> run on their GPU.
Not going to happen. Just knowing the format that the codec(s) had to
be in would probably reveal more about how their GPUs operate then
they are willing to divulge.
nVidia does have some great products but they are still constrained
by commercial considerations.
But I'd certainly love to see it happen.
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