Sandy Bridge brings 3D to Baseline Home Theatre PCs

The Sandy Bridge platform is the last major piece of the puzzle for 3D on the home-theatre PC. It’s taken a while to get to this point, and there are some hurdles remaining, but it’s nice to have the groundwork done. HDMI 1.4 3D support is now available to pretty much anyone regardless of their form factor or brand preferences.

Sandy Bridge puts the option right on the onboard graphics chip. No more required fussing with add-in cards that don’t fit in smaller cases, create too much heat, or just add a level of complexity that’s undesirable. Now the average customer that isn’t interested in opening their computer at all can connect their PC to a 3D HDTV and have it be pretty much plug-and-play. Not to mention the novice who doesn’t even think about such things and just assumes it will work-3D has reached the point where it will. It reminds me a bit of when Intel first started offering hardware graphics acceleration right on the motherboard. While it had little impact on the cutting-edge high-end it had an incredible impact in broadening the base, in bringing it to the masses.

I set this up recently with the Sandy Bridge systems we’re working with here at ArcSoft. A couple HDMI cables later the Sandy Bridge was pushing audio to my AV Reciever, and video to the 3D HDTV. TotalMedia Theatre 5 auto-detected the 3D solution and TV and all I had to do was throw in the Blu-ray 3D of choice. It’s the kind of experience that makes the concept viable for the living room that’s been relegated to the basement or nerd-cave for too long.

3D is finally getting there and it’s about time.
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