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Multimedia Advances And System Vendors Strike Back

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If it sounds good, it is good,” said the late musician duke ellington, in what might well be the cardinal rule of multimedia technology development. Today, the Duke’s dictum must be generalized to deal with sight as well as sound. As PC Week Labs examined this year’s candidates for Best New Technology at Comdex, we found many entries that tried to make multimedia look right.

The trade-offs are clear. Network bandwidth and hard disk storage requirements can be reduced by compressing multimedia content, but complex compression algorithms use many processor cycles. Economies in the use of processing power during multimedia compression and restoration will generally reduce the quality of the results. Using an add-on processor, with a standard interface such as a PCI bus, avoids burdening the central processor–but introduces

Written by Rod

October 18th, 2015 at 5:27 am