Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th May 2010 11:40 UTC
Intel One name was conspicuously absent from the list of companies backing Google's WebM project and the VP8 codec. Despite other chip makers and designers being on the list, like AMD, NVIDIA, ARM, and Qualcomm, Intel didn't make an appearance. Yesterday, the company made its first careful commitment to the WebM project.
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RE[3]: I'm not surprised...
by kaiwai on Fri 28th May 2010 13:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I'm not surprised... "
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Rubbish. How are Intel any less of a target than AMD, ARM, Nividia and Qualcomm who have all baked it and would be just as aware of the legal ramifications (esp. considering some of them use H.264 hardware).

Intel want the good press, without the commitment. They are effectively saying that if WebM becomes big without their help then they will join out of necessity so as not to be left behind, but by not backing it now they are actually inhibiting its ability to become popular since Intel is such a big player. They want it to fail without them but succeed with them so they can ride in and say how much they support the idea and how great it is.

Intel are full of crap. Put your silicon where your mouth is or go away. More and more they seem to be losing the plot.

As I noted, the CPU was announced in September 2009, the question would have been how easily it would be to add support for VP8 to the processor considering that AMD, ARM and Nvidia don't actually have a product already designed - they've only promised. Quite frankly, I don't give a crap about what ARM promises because they've been ranting and raving about ARM Netbooks for the last year and I haven't seen a single one being sold in New Zealand.

Talk is cheap, anyone can promise to add support for VP8, just as anyone can rant on about ARM Netbooks and mobile Linux - its time that there is less talk, less promises and more delivering those products that have been promised each year by ARM, AMD, Nvidia and co for the last year.

Edited 2010-05-28 13:40 UTC

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