Intel today introduced storage solutions based on the Intel Atom media processor CE5300 series. The new low power system-on-chip enables high definition video to be simultaneously watched on smartphones, tablets and other smart devices, in real time, while also shared with consumer devices such as a Smart TV.
"Streaming content across numerous mobile devices, not just from the cloud but locally, has become a common practice for today's consumers," said Bev Crair, general manager, of Intel's Storage Division. "New storage solutions based on the Intel Atom CE5300 series elevate this to a whole new level by making it simple to 'browse, click, and play'. The new SoC provides an excellent foundation for creating compelling entertainment experiences."
The dual-core Intel Atom CE5300 series delivers simple application and I/O support and has been designed to be used for synchronizing and streaming video content without compromising power for the performance necessary to allow I/O and media transcoding.
Storage solutions based on the Intel Atom CE5300 series allow users to easily set up all of their media in one place and avoid capacity limitations of mobile devices. They can use their storage system either as an iTunes server or DLNA (Digital Network Living Alliance) media server, and access that content from their mobile device of choice. Users can also simultaneously transcode 1080p video content to a smartphone, tablet, TV, Ultrabook or other smart device. The media processor system intelligently adapts to the screen resolution for each of these devices.
For instance, high definition 1080p video can be converted to lower resolution 480p video to play on a smartphone (conserving network bandwidth and battery power) and, at the same time, to 720p video for displaying clearer pictures on a tablet. Content can also be streamed to a SmartTV or nearby HDMI-based video monitor. All the content on the storage device can also be accessed from outside the home network to allow immediate access.
Several companies are launching new Intel Atom-based NAS devices at CeBIT, including Asustor, Synology and Thecus with expected pricing to begin at $299.
In addition to HD video content, solutions using the Intel Atom media processor CE5300 series can also store and share personal multimedia and documents. For example, a user can shoot photos or videos with their tablet or smartphone, sync it with the new Intel Atom-based device, and stream the content to a TV. With support for encryption, the solution is especially convenient for users who want to ensure the security of this data when they connect to an open, unsecured network.