Mark and I were out at CES in Las Vegas. Then I traveled for something like 30 hours back to Prague and promptly fell into a three day deathlike state of illness. Now I'm only slightly dead and able to think clearly. So forgive the lateness on this. While at CES Intel gave us several cool interviews and demos of their stuff. This builds off that big Sandy Bridge post I did from last week.
Intel set out to boost the speed of their video processing with the new 2nd Generation Core processors (or Sandy Bridge if you like) and they succeeded, tenfold. Yes, they increased the processors ability to encode, decode and transcode video enormously. How did they do it?
Intel Quick Sync Video
They built-in hardware acceleration. Super fast stuff no less. Now they don't seem to want to toot their own horn and if you look at the Intel Quick Sync copy they say it's twice as fast. But if you watch the video demo, you'll see it's far more than that.
Intel Quick Sync Video, built right into 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors, is breakthrough hardware acceleration that lets you complete in minutes what used to take hours. Create DVDs or Blu-ray* discs, edit videos, convert video files for your portable media player, and convert videos for upload to your favorite social networking sites–all in a flash.
How it Works
Intel Quick Sync Video accelerates decoding and encoding for a significantly faster conversion time, while also enabling the processor to complete other tasks, improving overall PC performance.
By hooking into this hardware acceleration Intel is providing, software developers will better be able to give you the ultra-fast performance you need when you are encoding or transcoding. For many, this is one of the most time-consuming and tedious parts of doing video online. Time wasted creating multiple versions of videos for various displays and devices. So check out this video below and see how much you'll be saving once you get a computer with the new 2nd Generation Intel Core Processor in it (probably an i7 would be my guess).
You can spot a processor in the new line by the model number, they all have four digit models as opposed to the first which had three. For example, i7-950 vs. i7-2600