InterVideo announced today that its H.264 Codec now supports the new NVIDIA PureVideo H.264 decode acceleration available on GeForce 6 and 7 Series graphics processors from NVIDIA. NVIDIA ForceWare drivers featuring the NVIDIA PureVideo H.264 decode acceleration will be available in Q1’06.

H.264 is the digital video codec specified for the Blu-ray (BD) and High-definition DVD (HD DVD) formats. The H.264 specification, which is also known as the Advanced Video Codec (AVC) specification or MPEG 4-Part 10, delivers two to three times the compression efficiency of solutions such as the MPEG-2 standard, which is used in DVD video. H.264 also delivers high-definition video with six times the resolution of standard definition DVDs.

InterVideo’s H.264 codec technology leverages highly advanced algorithms to deliver superior quality and performance on today’s personal computers. One of the key new features is the ability to divide the decoding tasks among several hardware cores and hardware threads on both the CPU and the GPU. Using traditional single thread decoding techniques, H.264 with high definition would not be feasible on today’s personal computers because much of the overall processing power is unused. InterVideo’s H.264 codec partitions the decoding tasks through algorithm and data decomposition into multiple threads to use all the processing power of the dual core and hyper threading technologies from Intel and AMD CPUs, as well as the GPU acceleration from NVIDIA graphics hardware.

The GeForce 6 and 7 Series graphics processors feature NVIDIA PureVideo technology, a combination of hardware and software that brings home theater quality video to the personal computer and provides hardware acceleration for H.264 encoded movies, providing a smooth frame-rate and image quality unachievable with CPUs alone. A perfect partner to InterVideo’s advanced H.264 codec along with the NVIDIA ForceWare(TM) software suite and Unified Driver Architecture (UDA), the GeForce 6 and 7 Series deliver industry-renowned compatibility and reliability for an enhanced user experience.

“InterVideo’s H.264 technology is the ideal complement for our GeForce 6 & 7 processors,” said Scott Vouri, general manager, multimedia products at NVIDIA. “Combined, they will set the pace for OEMs and ODMs in the evolution of next-generation consumer electronics and PCs.”

“NVIDIA has been a driving force in the delivery of the latest advancements in audio and video through its digital media processing technology,” said Steve Ro, president and CEO of InterVideo. “With NVIDIA’s hardware acceleration and deinterlacing capabilities, the InterVideo H.264 codec can deliver a whole new level of picture clarity.”

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