[mythtv-users] Can an Atom N270 1.6GHz decode SD video with yadif and scaling?

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Fri Oct 23 21:41:25 UTC 2009

Ken Bass wrote:
> I went with the single core version to lower the power usage/heat
> especially since it will be a frontend only.

The power consumption of the Atom chip is dwarfed by that of the
chipset, and at times can even use less power than the memory sticks. 
You're not gaining much by saving those extra few watts.

> I've never done the split frontend/backend thing before, so I'm not
> sure what to expect. Hopefully there will be no issues streaming HD
> files over the network. Since I purchased a HD-PVR to record the HD
> stuff and x264 files are smaller then MPEG2, I would expect less of an
> issue. 

ATSC is limited to 19mbps, and the largest DVB recordings are in the mid
20s.  These will be fairly trivial for any 10/100 network, much less
gigabit.  However streaming over any form of wireless will not be
particularly reliable.

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