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Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator shortage sweeps eBay, quadruples prices

The Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator is a media coprocessor that you can throw into many netbooks with low power Intel Atom processors to enable support for 1080p HD video playback. It’s not a full fledged video card. It just does one thing: offers hardware acceleration for HD video so that low power CPUs don’t […]

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HP Mini 210 HD reviewed

Hewlett Packard’s HP Mini 210 comes in a variety of attractive colors, and features a slim new design with a removable access panel making RAM and hard drive upgrades ridiculously easy. The base mdoel is just $280, but for $330 you can get the netbook with a high definition, 1366 x 768 pixel display. And […]

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Dell Inspiron Mini 10 with Broadcom HD accelerator now available

Dell is now offering the Inspiron Mini 10 netbook with an optional Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator. The decoder gives the mini-laptop a bit of help decoding 720p and 1080p HD video, something which an Intel Atom-powered netbook would normally struggle with. The announcement comes hot on the heels of the launch of Adobe Flash […]

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Broadcom Crystal HD now adds HD video playback to more media players

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 […]

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NVIDIA ION, Broadcom HD video accelerator compared

Intel Atom powered netbooks typically have more than enough processing power to handle day to day tasks such as surfing the web, editing documents, or watching standard definition YouTube videos. But the integrated graphics solutions that come with these netbooks typically aren’t powerful enough to handle 1080p HD video, high definition Flash video, or hard […]

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Broadcom introduces next-gen Crystal HD video accelerator for netbooks

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 […]