The Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator allows low power netbooks with Intel Atom processors to play 1080p HD video without breaking a sweat. Normally if you try to do this on a machine with an Atom CPU and integrated graphics, you’ll end up watching a slideshow rather than a full-motion movie. Not all media players play well with the video accelerator. But the list of support applications is growing.
Broadcom issued a new version of the HD video accelerator driver recently, and also updated the list of applications that are known to work with the Crystal HD card. In addition to Windows Media Player 12, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre, CyberLink PowerDVD and Adobe Flash Player 101, the following freeware media players now make the cut:
The latest drivers support the Broadcom BCM70012 and BCM70015 cards and are designed for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Source code is also available for Linux drivers.