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Atom CE5300 Series Offers "Easy" Streaming and Transcoding

Intel's latest Atom System on a Chip, the CE5300 series, is targeted at home storage solutions and aims to allow "customers to easily set up all of their media in one place and avoid capacity limitations of mobile devices." The dual-core chip is capable of transcoding and intelligently adapting video content to suit a wide variety of devices. For example, a HD video can be simultaneously streamed at 1080p to a Smart TV, converted to 720p for a tablet, and to 480p for a smartphone to conserve bandwidth and storage space.

The Atom CE5300 also allows users to use their storage system as an iTunes or DLNA media server and allows stored content to be accessed outside the home network with support for relevant encryption protocols for added data security.

In the chip's press release, Bev Crair, General Manager of Intel's Storage Division, stated that "streaming content across numerous mobile devices, not just from the cloud but locally, has become a common practice for today's consumers, New storage solutions based on the Intel Atom CE5300 series elevate this to a whole new level by making it simple to 'browse, click, and play'. The new SoC provides an excellent foundation for creating compelling entertainment experiences."

The Atom CE5300 is expected to make an appearance in a variety of NAS devices at this year's CeBIT, with Asustor, Synology and Thecus expected to display units with a starting price of $299.

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