Intel adds streaming security to Core chips
Insider chip feature software will stop content from being copied
Intel has revealed that it is building a hardware security layer in its next-generation Core chips to stop streaming movies from being copied, according to IDG News Service.
The Insider chip feature includes an end-to-end protection layer and management feature designed to unlock high-definition movies from online streaming services. The chip feature will be officially released in its next generation Core processors to be debuted on January 5, 2011, before the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Using Insider, users will be able to access a larger variety of 1080p content, which is not yet mainstream on the internet.
The chip feature is also designed to help prevent pirating and may encourage studios, worried about their content being stolen, to release more premium content.
Intel is now in partnership with Warner Brothers Digital Distribution to make 300 high-definition movies, available exclusively on the next-generation Core-processors, and plans to partner with more studios in the future.
Intel is also working on speeding up creation and rendering of video on the Core chips by building new graphics technologies. The company is building a graphics processor and CPU inside the same chip for the first time, which is designed to improve application and graphics performance.
These Core chips, which will also be more energy efficient, are based on the new Sandy Bridge chip microarchitecture.
Specialised hardware accelerators, called Quick Sync, are also being built into the new chips, these are designed to quickly encode and decode video into a format usable on smartphones within seconds.
Intel's next generation Wi-Di technology, which allows users to wirelessly transmit images and video from a PC to a high definition TV, can now transmit 1080p content where previously it could only manage 720p resolution.
The new Core processors will no longer support DirectX 11, used to make graphics appear more realistic on PCs running Windows 7 OS.
"We have tested applications - we don't see a huge number of applications that use features in DirectX 11 today. We will have that capability built into our processor graphics before it's in the mainstream," said Karen Regis, consumer client marketing manager at Intel.
According to Regis, DirectX 11 is used more in the high-end gaming sector where discrete graphics cards are heavily used.