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Raspberry Pi: supported codecs

The Raspberry Pi is unveiled again. This little ARM based “computer” will run a Linux distribution, and its designers give some information.

At the SoC, there is OpenGL ES 2.0 – the current version of the graphics API – OpenVG for the 2D vector management, and OpenMAX IL, an API for the treatment of the audio.

More interestingly, the chip can decode multiple codecs materially. The chip will be capable, with the distribution, to decode the H.264 and MPEG4 (two codecs that require license). Technically, the chip can also decode MPEG1, MPEG2, VC1 and MJPEG 1080p codecs , but licensing issues prevented to provide a decoder for MPEG standards. The MJPEG should be decoded to an end. The chip – via the vectorial acceleration – should also decode VP6, VP7, VP8, RV, Theora and WMV9 in “DVD”definition formats, though again, licensing issues may arise.

Finally, at the open source, the company said that if the system is free, the video decoder is provided “as is” by Broadcom and graphics drivers are not free, but developers have access to source code, even if not distributed.

Now just await the arrival of the unit…

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