Via tunes open-source media player

Via Technologies released a version of the open-source Xine media player on Thursday that is designed to take advantage of hardware digital video acceleration capabilities in two of the company's PC chipsets, the CN400 and CLE266.

The Via-enhanced Xine Player version 3.0 (VeXP 3.0) was developed for Linux-based personal electronics devices that rely on the MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 acceleration functions of the Via chipsets, the company said.

VeXP 3.0 can reduce a processor's workload by more than 50 percent when using the video acceleration capabilities of the CN400 and CLE266 chipsets, Via said. The player supports a range of video formats, including DVD, it said.

The CN400 and CLE266 chipsets are designed to be used with Via's C3 microprocessor. Chipsets are an integral component of PCs and other devices, connecting the processor with main memory and other components, such as a hard-disk drive.

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