ARM Chip Converts SD Video to HD Video
By on January 14th, 2010

Quartics Inc. recently showcased its VPU(video processing unit) which can convert 2D videos to 3D. The processing unit offloads the responsibility of rendering the video from the CPU, and applies real time enhancement and 3D conversion to the video being processed. This device was shown at CES and targets low-end laptops with minimal processing powers, especially the Intel Atom processor. The VPU can support upto 1080p of HD resolution encoding/decoding.

The best feature of this device is that it can transform videos from local storage, as well as a streaming source like Youtube or video-conferencing. The processor can up-sample videos in addition to converting 2D videos to 3D.

Given all that, if you think this thing will be a power hog, remember Quartics looking at netbooks with low power requirement. It would probably respect this fact for its own good. The power consumption of the chip is assumed to be well under 10 watts.

The GPU supports only Windows XP and Windows 7 but is planning to include support for Chrome OS, given the fact that Linux based distros cover a huge netbook market.

The ARM chip QV1721 is already available for a price yet unannounced and is available only for mass buyers. The QV1721 is the heart of this VPU and has proprietary algorithms built into it for live image processing operations like noise removal, sharpening and other enhancements.

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