Broadcom’s Crystal HD Enhanced Media Accelerator is a PCI-E card that will let netbooks with low power processors like the Intel Atom handle HD video playback at resolutions up to 1080p. Normally the processors found in netbooks aren’t up to the task, but the Broadcom video accelerator takes most of the heavy lifting away from the CPU, freeing it up for other tasks.
The video accelerator can decode H.264, MPEG-2, and VC-1 video. The first netbook that I know of that will use the processor is the HP Mini 110 which is due out next week.
The folks at ACII.jp got a closer look at the Broadcom card this week, and they’ve posted some close-up photos. Honestly, I hadn’t really realized that the accelerator was a PCIe card until now. This means it’s possible you might be able to pick up this card and install it in an existing netbook to enabled enhanced video performance. Keep in mind, Broadcom expects to add support for Flash video sometime next year.
via Portable Monkey