[mythtv-users] Small front end???

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Mon Nov 2 18:35:08 UTC 2009

On Monday 02 November 2009 11:25:29 Brian Wood wrote:
> On Monday 02 November 2009 09:10:38 mat wrote:
> > > Just cam across this on Engadget... thought peeps might be interested.
> > >
> > > http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/02/xbmc-arm-port-teased-will-manage-hd-
> > >pl ayback-from-pocket-sized/
> I'm not sure how they figure to get HD playback, that CPU is certainly not
> up to it, and I don't see any hardware on-board that could help (no VDPAU
> or other decoding hardware like the Broadcom unit), not even XvMC-capable
> video hardware.
> It will take more than software development to get HD out of this board.
> With that CPU the best you could hope for would be SD MPEG2 playback,
> certainly not h264. Pure software decoding with a 600 Mhz. CPU is limited
> to DVD type video.
> Note that the laptop makers stopped putting hardware MPEG decoders in their
> machines about the time that CPUs hit 600 Mhz., these were Pentium 3/4
> (Coppermine core) processors.

I do notice the Linux Journal that just showed up in my (postal) mailbox 
(December 2009 issue) has a feature on the Beagle Board.

Brian Wood
beww at beww.org

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