Broadcom Crystal HD
Broadcom Crystal HD refers to PCI Express mini cards that do high definition hardware decoding for many video codecs. The cards allow many low-powered systems to handle full bluray quality video, and sometimes more. There are two versions, the BCM970012- a full height mini PCIe card, and the BCM970015- a half height card (can be adapted to full height) mini PCIe card. XBMC supports hardware video decoding on both cards on all desktop OS versions including: Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows.
It is highly recommended to go with the BCM970015 over the BCM970012.
1 Further reading
- XBMC.org- Broadcom Crystal HD, It's Magic
- Anandtech.com- XBMC & Broadcom Bring 1080p Decode Upgrade to ill-equipped netbooks, nettops, Apple TVs
- Broadcom.com- Crystal HD Solution
- LogicSupply.com- BCM970015 Product page
- How to install the Broadcom Crystal HD card on an Apple TV 1 (silver)
- MythTV Wiki- Broadcom Crystal HD
- Broadcom.com- BCM70012
- Broadcom.com- BCM70015