Intel launches Atom CE5300 media processor

Over the last few years Intel Atom chips have shown up in dozens of netbooks, a handful of tablets, and a few prototype smartphones. But Intel doesn’t just reserve the Atom name for low power computing devices. There are also Intel chips designed for televisions, set-top-boxes, and similar devices.

Intel Atom CE5300 Berryville

In 2009 Intel released the Atom CE4100, a 45nm, 1.2 GHz processor with support for HD and 3D video. It’s the processor used in the Boxee Box, for instance.

Now Intel is updating its media processor lineup with the introduction of the Intel Atom CE5300 Media Processor, code-named Berryville.

It’s a 32nm dual-core processor with support for hyperthreading and virtualization. It can handle hardware accelerated 2D and 3D graphics and supports H.264 video.

Intel is targeting internet-connected televisions and set-top-boxes with the new chip, but also sees it powering residential gateways for features such as multi-room DVRs or VoIP internet telephony.