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Broadcom BCM70012 is my hero

Posted by: dirt

Tagged in: HTPC , Hardware , Gadgets , Broadcom

I've been toying with the idea of a home theater PC for quite a while but until this point there has always been a couple 'issues' I've had with every build that tended to conflict with each other.

-I want a HTPC that has a low power draw when not in use.
-I want a motherboard with a small form factor (micro or mini atx) because of the case I'm going to use.  More on the case when I actually build the thing...
-Noise is a factor since this is going in my living room.

The beauty of the Broadcom Crystal HD Decoder (BCM70012) is that it does all of the HD video decoding out of a mini PCIe slot.

I can use this on a decent Intel Ion with a decent onboard Nvidia GPU and have 1080p in H.264 without having a video card or CPU heatsink spinning so fast it rips a hole in the space/time continuum.

Now I just need to build it.  Hopefully soon.

Custom PCB with a laser engraver

Posted by: dirt

Tagged in: PCB , Hardware , Gadgets

I've always had a warm place in my heart for making your own PCB.  This guy shows how he made his custom PCB with a laser engraver.

Now I just need an extra $30,000 to buy my own Laser engraver.  Anybody need a kidney?