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23rd April 2002, 11:13
Got that in WinInfo Daily news today


Support for the next generation of Windows Media technology, code-
named Corona, got another boost today when major graphics-card makers
announced that they will directly support Corona video playback in the
silicon of their next-generation products. ATI and NVIDIA will build
support for Corona directly into their video cards, enabling high-
definition video playback on Windows-based PCs.

"Windows Media Corona is validation that Microsoft shares our goal of
advancing the PC as an entertainment device," said Dan Vivoli, vice
president of marketing at NVIDIA. "Corona is designed to harness the
performance power of our graphics processor units (GPUs), resulting in a
seamless home-theater-quality experience on any desktop or notebook PC."

Corona is the technology behind version 9 of Microsoft's Windows Media
technologies, which will ship late this year. Corona will include server
components, such as the Windows Media Services that will ship in Windows
.NET Server, and desktop components, such as Windows Media Player (WMP),
as well as new audio and video codecs and various tools. Corona's audio
and video codecs supply a 15 percent to 20 percent performance and
quality improvement over the previous versions.

ATI and NVIDIA also announced support for DirectX Video Acceleration
(DXVA), a 3-D interface that enables video processing, including Windows
Media Video (WMV) decoding and de-interlacing, on graphics hardware,
freeing the PC's CPU for other tasks. DXVA will provide the basis for
the UI in Longhorn, the next Windows release, which will use hardware 3-
D rendering, when possible, to speed up and enhance the UI.


If Matrox is developping its new card with Microsoft (in regard of DX9) is such features be in the chip also? I want your comments on that and on the viability of such features.

23rd April 2002, 11:33
i hope it's not one of the killer features of the parhelia. who needs WMP >6.4? i don't :bandit:

23rd April 2002, 11:52
Originally posted by thop
..who needs WMP >6.4? i don't :bandit:

You´re right on that one, thop!


23rd April 2002, 13:28
Quick reply is cool!

Anywho, if rumored parhelia is as fast as all these news site are hinting at (2 x GeFart 4 = ???), then it won't have any troubles decoding it via the drivers.

Maybe someone will hack Corona, like they did MPEG4, and make a DivX 6.0 out of it. Wouldn't that just piss off M$!

And who needs WMP for anything besides streaming video anyway. Sasami 2k is the bomb in video playback anyway.