Intel Meteor LLC confirmed support for AV1 encoding and decoding

AV1 will provide the ability for greater resolution and output the master stream in a royalty-free video format accessible to anyone. With AV1’s 8-bit and 10-bit video formats, the company will get up to fifty percent higher performance and efficiency than the current H.264 video format. In a recent update released by Intel developers, AV1 is confirmed to bring video encoding and decoding support to Meteor Lake.

Intel Meteor Lake, successor to Raptor Lake, confirmed to provide full support for AV1 video encoding and decoding for mobile series

Intel Meteor Lake offers a lot of flexibility, especially when discussing graphics and video. The company’s new Xe-LPG graphics, which will replace the Xe-LP seen in the Tiger Lake series, is opening new doors in the broadcast and gaming sectors. Readers may recall that Igor’s LAB website revealed a leaked chip that raised awareness of the Meteor Lake processor and the important features available for the processor.

Intel Meteor Platform, Image credit: Igor'sLAB via VideoCardz

Meteor Lake is the successor to Raptor Lake (to be unveiled at CES 2023) and is built on 7nm technology with integrated Xe-LPG graphics. It will be compatible with Windows, Chrome and Linux operating systems. The processor will provide 14 mixed cores (6 + 8) with up to 24MB of LLC / core. The Xe² on-chip graphics architecture will provide up to 128 execution units. Media and display support showed that it supports “low energy AV1 codec, integrated HDMI 2.1 ports, DP ports, and low energy dual eDP 1.4b”. This information only covers the mobile side of the processor series, as a recent rumor from Twitter leak OneRaichu suggests that an unknown naming series, MTS-S, is slated to be the name of the desktop variant series, and has been pulled from production and possibly cancelled.

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Matrix video decoding/encoding from Intel Meteor Lake.  Intel Source: Intel via VideoCardz

The new AV1 video encoder and decoder should give streaming video services an extra boost. Devices that currently support the format are the new AMD RDNA 3 architecture, NVIDIA’s Ada Lovelace, and the Intel Arc Alchemist series. AV1 is expected to make its way into corporate desktop components.

Intel has provided a Media Feature Summary for its new media driver, which provides support for AV1 encoding and decoding. You can read the supporting listings on the company’s GitHub here.

News sources: VideoCardz, GitHub

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