Intel has announced a new media processor called the Atom CE5300 aimed at set-top boxes and media gateways for the living room. The processor was previously code-named Berryville and was announced that IPTV World Forum in London. The processor is intended to be the brains of the set-top box that sits on your TV and delivers content from the Internet and more.
The processor supports a 3-D user interface and console level graphics for gaming. The processor also supports video chatting and Intel thinks the new processor will usher in new services for most service providers including gaming, home security, helpdesk capability, and home automation. The processor will also find its way into home gateways including things like modems, VoIP processors, routers, tuners, and application processors.
Some those products are expected to have internal storage to be used as a DVR a media streamer according to Intel. The processor is Intel's fourth-generation SOC and is the first 32nm part for the market segment from Intel. It is a dual core processor with support for hyperthreading and virtualization with an advanced 3-D/2-D graphics engine, integrated power management, and it has a H.264 B-picture hardware encoder. Intel offers no indication of when the processor will be available in a retail product.