Intel moves forward with networked video plans

Intel has outlined its plans to deliver products and technology that will enable users to run multimedia applications on existing networks.

Intel has outlined its plans to deliver products and technology that will enable users to run multimedia applications on existing networks. The technology under development includes new streaming video technology that eliminates the need for users to download large video files and store them locally before they can be played back. Intel and Sony Music are holding joint trials on their Web sites (http://www.intel.com and http://www.sony.com) that will be active in late August.

Intel president and CEO Andrew Grove demonstrated the capability at a one-day Internet media symposium here using Intel's ProShare conferencing application over switched digital networks. By the end of the decade, Grove says, more people will be viewing video over PCs than over television.

Meanwhile, Intel has announced an Internet Software Update Manager that will allow users to retrieve, install and update software plug-ins over the Internet. The new software will make it easier for users to view video over the Internet because browsers will not need to interpret the video files that they receive, officials say.

Intel has also announced a guided tour of its Web site that features its 3D technology.

Later this year, Intel will start moving some video and audio functions on to system processors when it introduces 16-bit processors featuring the MMX multimedia extensions. A 32-bit multimedia processor will come out in the first half of 1997, followed in the second half of the year by chips with accelerated graphics support.

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