Broadcom is rolling out an updated version of the company’s Crystal HD video accelerator for netbooks and notebooks. Like previous versions, the new Crystal HD chip is a media coprocessor that adds 1080P HD video playback capabilities to low power notebooks that wouldn’t otherwise be able to handle HD video playback.
In fact, there’s not a lot of information in the announcement about how the new Crystal HD accelerator differs from its predecessor. But it looks like the chip will be available in two forms: It can be included on a motherboard or sold as a PCIe card that can be slotted into just about any notebook with an open slot.
The new Broadcom BCM70015 supports Windows Media Player 12, Adobe Flash player 10.1 and other video players. It allows Blu-Ray playback as well as support for a number of codecs including H.264/AVC, MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV9, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, and AVS.