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Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs Will Play Blu-ray 3D

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Intel's best attempt at IGPs yet.

Right now on Westmere chips are integrated graphics along with the CPU sitting on the same silicon, but Sandy Bridge will move them into a single die. This will boost performance in itself, and Intel boasts that the new IGP will be able to decode Blu-ray 3D media.

Intel's hasn't yet revealed everything on Sandy Bridge yet, but the company is likely to discuss the upgraded graphics part at the Intel Developer Forum on September 13 to 15.

The current graphics part in Westmere chips can already do 1080p Blu-ray decodes, but as we know from the consumer electronics space, newer and stronger hardware is required to render the additional images for 3D.

Intel spokesman Nick Knupffer confirmed that Sandy Bridge mobile chips will have the capability for Blu-ray 3D, which hopefully translates into greater 3D graphics performance too.

(Source: IDG.)

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    peterkidd , August 30, 2010 2:08 PM
    I think that picture is from the porno Avatar. Is that on purpose?
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    CrazeEAdrian , August 30, 2010 3:00 PM
    Am I the only person that can't wait for this 3D fad to completely fade out....
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    winner4455 , August 30, 2010 4:21 PM
    peterkiddI think that picture is from the porno Avatar. Is that on purpose?



    Wait....



    How do you know?
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    willgart , August 30, 2010 2:07 PM
    Good to know.
    is there a new 3D standard to come? or does it the same of an existing technology?
  • 26 Hide
    peterkidd , August 30, 2010 2:08 PM
    I think that picture is from the porno Avatar. Is that on purpose?
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    tramit , August 30, 2010 2:10 PM
    It looks like it will become harder and harder to justify a 300 dollar video card now that I play games less...
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    scook9 , August 30, 2010 2:13 PM
    Intel has been needing to step up its IGP efforts....AMD/ATI has been squashing them in that space....
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    TheStealthyOne , August 30, 2010 2:26 PM
    Tramit, you seriously consider buying expensive video cards and you barely game? >__>
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    sacre , August 30, 2010 2:33 PM
    Could only imagine watching people try and find an insert for Blu Ray discs on a Blackberry
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    Hilarion , August 30, 2010 2:33 PM
    I'm not taking bets on it improving regular graphics requirements. It does sound interesting though. Even if I would never be likely to buy one.
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    Agges , August 30, 2010 2:43 PM
    thestealthyoneTramit, you seriously consider buying expensive video cards and you barely game? >__>


    thestealthyone, six months ago I bought a Vapor-X 5870 for my new built - in the time since then I have barely played 20 hours.. Should probably take a holiday soon!
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    hamstamps , August 30, 2010 2:47 PM
    The thing is that you would have to purchase a 3-D compatible video card and monitor to go with it.
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    bildo123 , August 30, 2010 2:54 PM
    tramitIt looks like it will become harder and harder to justify a 300 dollar video card now that I play games less...


    So get a $100 video card, it'll get the job done to fit your needs just as well.
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    lukeiamyourfather , August 30, 2010 2:57 PM
    Quote:
    Intel spokesman Nick Knupffer confirmed that Sandy Bridge mobile chips will have the capability for Blu-ray 3D, which hopefully translates into greater 3D graphics performance too.


    It doesn't.
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    g00fysmiley , August 30, 2010 2:58 PM
    my only question on this would be compatibility with other gpus. AMD has siad they will be allowing the on chip gpu crossfire with a graphics card. it is very unlikely that intel will have this one chip competing with ati/nvidias offerings so unless they plan to try to aquire nvidia (again) they'd need somethign like the lucid hydra for enthusiasts/gamers to really consider with on-chip gpu to be of use.

    that is unless intel wants to start releaseing thier own stand alone graphics card that would communicate and split the load between the onchip gpu and another graphics card made by iintel in which case i say all the better for us as consumers having 3 major graphics card makers out there would be great for the market!
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    lamorpa , August 30, 2010 3:00 PM
    My PowerCooler 550W power supply is also able to play 3D DVDs!
  • 22 Hide
    CrazeEAdrian , August 30, 2010 3:00 PM
    Am I the only person that can't wait for this 3D fad to completely fade out....
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    DXRick , August 30, 2010 3:06 PM
    Playing 3D movies has nothing to do with DirectX or OpenGL (what GPUs do best). I thought that video encoding/decoding programs benefit from CPU speed and multi-threading and thus more CPU cores and hyper threading, as this test on AnandTech shows.

    Maybe the AVX instructions are used for this?
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    BluntObjection , August 30, 2010 3:08 PM
    AlbyintMobile? 3d on a phone? Lulz...


    If Nintendo can do it with the 3DS, and without the need of glasses...
    Possiblities are out there, what I wanna know is power consumption. What would battery life be on a mobile device running 3D, as well as heat.
    Only time will tell I suppose.
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    jecastej , August 30, 2010 3:09 PM
    Quote:
    Quote :
    Intel spokesman Nick Knupffer confirmed that Sandy Bridge mobile chips will have the capability for Blu-ray 3D, which hopefully translates into greater 3D graphics performance too.


    It doesn't.


    On implications I don't know but it is way better as the new integrated Intel graphic processor is even faster than the current ATI HD 5450. That is just good for gaming on low settings either.
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    kcorp2003 , August 30, 2010 3:10 PM
    This is cool. If it get into mobile chips. I think Apple might actually invest into this too for their iphone. I can now see ARM in some trouble. Transition to 3D is getting closer and closer.
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    Tomtompiper , August 30, 2010 3:12 PM
    CrazeEAdrianAm I the only person that can't wait for this 3D fad to completely fade out....


    No, you are not alone. Here is a technical description of why 3D will never take off.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08FK7WghHSc
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