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Bitstreaming Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD with the Intel Core i3

September 13, 2010 10 comments
Dolby Digital TrueHD - DTS HD Master Audio

Dolby Digital TrueHD - DTS HD Master Audio

When the Intel Core i3 platform was announced, it was hailed as being the holy grail for HTCP enthusiasts. The reason being that the Core i3 chip (that combines both CPU and GPU onto one physical chip) offers more then the current Atom based platforms have to offer. Not only is the Core i3 platform a lot more powerful compared to the Intel Atom platform, is also maintains a fairly low power consumption. Obviously, it cannot compete with the power consumption of the Atom. However, combine the Atom with an Ion chipset and a blu-ray player, and the difference becomes a lot smaller.

One of the biggest strengths of the Core i3, and the H55 chipset is that it also supports HDMI Audio Pass Through for  Native Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio bitstreaming.

The primary goal off this writing was to get the  Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio up & running. And guess what …. it really worked ! 🙂

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Intel Core i3 H264 GPU Acceleration using Ubuntu and XBMC

September 9, 2010 22 comments
Intel Core i3

Intel Core i3

This article outlines the steps that are needed, starting from a clean Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid), to get DTS 5.1 / Dolby Digital 5.1 through HDMI, and H264 hardware GPU decoding up & running.
It involves the following steps that will be outlined in detail below

  • Starting from a clean Ubuntu 10.04 system
  • Installing the latest intel-drm-next kernel
  • Installing libdrm
  • Installing libva
  • Installing the latest version of XBMC (needed for libva support)

As the Corei3 CPU (combined with the H55 chipset) platform is hailed as THE htpc platform for 2010, I thought I might give it a try.

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