Just when I’d gotten used to telling people that new Pine Trail netbooks were pretty much the on par performance-wise with models with Atom N270/N280 processors, the folks at Jolicloud have gone and proven me wrong. Within the next week or so, they plan to push out a new version of the Jolicloud operating system that will add support for 1080p HD video playback on netbooks with the Intel Atom Pine Trail chipset.
The same update will bring improved support for notebooks with NVIDIA ION graphics, GMA 500 graphics, and VIA C7-M processors. But as far as the Pine Trail netbooks go, here’s the cheat sheet:
- 1080p HD video: DivX, Xvid, and most other MPEG4-based codecs should work… except for H.264
- 720p HD video: H.264 should play smoothly
- In order to play, you’ll need a netbook with an Atom N450 or N470 processor and integrated GMA 3150 graphics
- No external processor such as the Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator is needed
Unfortunately the new kernel will not be able to bring 1080p video support to netbooks with GMA 950 graphics. They’re just not up to the task.
Jolicloud founder Tariq Krim says the update will be available to Jolicloud users later this week or early next week. In the meantime, you can check out a video of the Samsung N220 netbook playing 1080p HD video after the break.