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Microsoft granted patent for GPU-accelerated video encoding

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 13 Oct 2010 11:33 User comments (4)

Microsoft granted patent for GPU-accelerated video encoding Microsoft Corp. has been awarded a patent for a GPU-accelerated video encoding system. The Redmond-based giant applied for the patent titled "Accelerated video encoding using a graphics processing unit," back in October 2004 and now six years later it has been granted the patent.
The Microsoft patent outlines a concept where the graphics unit is utilized to perform motion estimation on videos, as well as other vital aspects of encoding. It covers all bases of GPU-accelerated video encoding, giving Microsoft control of a major new technology that is already used in prosumer applications on the market.

After the release of Windows Vista and DirectX 10, NVIDIA and AMD released GPUs with support for general purpose GPU computing (GPGPU). NVIDIA released the GeFore 8800GTX card with underlying CUDA architecture, while AMD's ATI unit loaded GPU acceleration technology into its HD 2000, 3000 and 4000 cards.

Microsoft has embraced the technology in Windows 7, which has native support for GPU-acceleration tasks. It also promises GPU-acceleration in Internet Explorer 9 will dramatically improve the performance of web applications and multimedia content.

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4 user comments

113.10.2010 12:22

I can accept this patent being granted to them.



213.10.2010 15:11

Play it backwards and the CD displays Satanic messages on your monitor - play it forwards and it installs Windows.

313.10.2010 22:56

Originally posted by biglo30:
I can accept this patent being granted to them.
Seems logical...Microsoft could get a patent for Fire...they have the money to buy all the right people.

414.10.2010 21:00

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It also promises GPU-acceleration in Internet Explorer 9 will dramatically improve the performance of web applications and multimedia content.
yeah...cause those 1080p flash movies are tearing me down man..LOLZ

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