How low (small) can you go? Sigma Designs today announced a new system-on-a-chip system for advanced connected media players, Blu-ray players and IPTV set-top box (STB) SoCs with the introduction of its SMP8910 media processor. The SMP8910 is the first chip to integrate VXP studio quality video processing and the most flexible 3D video processing into a high-performance media processor. The SMP8910 provides more than 6,000 DMIPS via a dual-core 1004K MIPS CPU – achieving real-world performance never before possible on a STB SoC. The chip’s unique distributed processing architecture features task-optimized CPU that manage key processes, including HD multi-format video decoding, 3D graphics rendering, content protection and security management and multi-format audio encoding and decoding.
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Maybe someone will build a new Media Center Extender around this chip and it will be announced at CES?
Its been several years since new extender was introduced (I think the DMA2100 in 2007 was the last) and all of them have been discontinued except the xbox.