The dream of taking InternetÂ Â TV to an actual TV seems a no-brainer to consumers: a screen’s a screen, and a monitor’s just another screen, after all. However, there’s more to the technology than meets the eye or fits the couch potato’s view. Even so,Â Intel (Nasdaq: INTC)Â Â made a huge step toward plugging the Internet TV play on Thursday when it unveiled Atom processor CE4100 (code-name “Sodaville”) — its 45nm System-on-Chip for Internet TV.
The CE4100 processor is the first 45nm-manufactured consumer electronics SoC based on Intel architecture. It supports Internet and broadcast applications on one chip, and has the processing power and audio/video components necessary to run rich media applications such asÂ 3-D graphics.
Is this remarkable advancement enough to make a real change in TV?
“It’s an incredibly powerful product — and at 45nm, it’s far closer to what the industry needs,” John Barber, a research analyst atÂ Gartner (NYSE: IT)Â , told TechNewsWorld. “But it’s still questionable in terms of industry adoption, simply because current architectures are under tremendous price pressures from box manufacturers.”
Intel will “make a significant impact in Internet TV in scale and market share when it reaches 32nm and below,” added Barber.