Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Nov 2016 23:48 UTC, submitted by AmixG5
Amiga & AROS

Based on VS1063 chip, it can playback many music formats in full 16-bit 48Khz audio and additionally mix with the Amiga's native Paula sound. When it is decoding and playing back a MPEGA audio file or various other formats, it frees up the Amiga to do other things. An MHI driver is supplied with the card for AmigaAmp and other various music playing software.

I'm continually amazed by the Amiga community.

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PCs are left alone?
by fithisux on Thu 3rd Nov 2016 08:19 UTC
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2006-01-22

It is a pitty these accelerators are not avalable for PC users.

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RE: PCs are left alone?
by daedalus on Thu 3rd Nov 2016 08:36 in reply to "PCs are left alone?"
daedalus Member since:
2011-01-14

Last time I remember seeing an MPEG decoder card in a PC was around 1999, I suspect because they're basically pointless in any newer PC.

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RE[2]: PCs are left alone?
by Kochise on Thu 3rd Nov 2016 09:56 in reply to "RE: PCs are left alone?"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Nowadays the GPU features hardware MPEG decoding, even ARM chips do with NEON extension.

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RE: PCs are left alone?
by AmixG5 on Thu 3rd Nov 2016 09:26 in reply to "PCs are left alone?"
AmixG5 Member since:
2013-05-28

Yes it is. Because such cards releases preasure on CPU. They also deliver better sound in my opinion. Even with a 3GHz PC, multitasking can sometimes be a problem. Especially if a browser uses all of the CPU power. Then the music playing wouldnt affect also. So, its good for all kinds of MHz and GHz.

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RE[2]: PCs are left alone?
by leech on Thu 3rd Nov 2016 20:26 in reply to "RE: PCs are left alone?"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

That has always been why the Amiga has been a powerful platform, not everything had to pass through the CPU. Offload stuff to dedicated processors for that! For the longest time the generic intel based systems only did the CPU, granted they also only made the CPU chipset, so it kind of makes sense they would want to sell bigger/faster CPUs to handle the load.

It probably was mostly the kick off to the 3d era where both the Atari and Amiga failed and the dedicated hardware for Intel systems really pushed the need for things to be ran outside of the CPU.

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