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Compute stick browser GPU acceleration


Does the Intel compute stick have GPU (video decoding) acceleration in browser (chromium)?

I'm working on a kiosk project where we're using software (made by another company) that runs in chromium.


I've tried using an "Odroid C2" but these small Linux SBC's do not support 1080P playback in browser.

The main problem om Linux SBC's is the support for video decoding in browser (there simply isn't any hardware support, and the CPU can't keep up with 1080P).

The program is working on an Intel NUC, however they're too pricey for these kiosk applications.

So my question is:

Does the Intel Compute stick run 1080P video in browser (chromium)? (And is it done in hardware?)

I'm also curious if the windows version and the linux version of the stick would differ on this point. Does the Windows version include codecs and/or better hardware support in browser?

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In regard to your inquiry, I just wanted to let you know that all the tests that we did on the stick were done using the Windows version, so about the question if the Windows version and the Linux version of the stick would differ, actually there is no information or reports about that, because of the same reason, we do not have any documents related to the performance of the stick on Linux, on the following link you will be able to confirm that information:



About the question if the stick supports 1080p in browser, that will depend on the model of the stick, the models of the stick that supports that video encoding are:






As you can confirm on the following link, page 11:



Just in case, on the following links you will find the video encoding supported by the other models of the sticks:






Page 11:





Page 11:



Since the support that we provide for the stick is for the Windows version, if you need further assistance on Linux, you can always access their forums, where you will be able to get peer assistance and they should be able to provide further details:



Any questions, please let me know.








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I just tried some videos in chromium on ubuntu, and it's pretty clear from the performance that hardware acceleration isn't supported on the STK1AW32SC. Also I tried playing a 4K video from a thumb drive with vlc, and the result was a slide show of messed up images, so vlc doesn't support hardware acceleration either.

In Windows the same part can play 4K videos 3840X2160 @ 30 Hz full screen from the SD card. I just now checked and it was streaming 1920X1080 @ 60 Hz from YouTube no problem. Issues arise if you try to play 4K videos, especially in full screen mode, from YouTube. There seems to be some sort of resource contention that keeps it from updating the whole screen while downloading at the roughly 20 Mbps required. Maybe a USB to ethernet adapter could make it fly...

I don't know whether chromium uses hardware acceleration in Windows. All my tests were done with Internet Explorer.

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Hello Repeat%20Offender:



The Intel® STK1AW32SC does not support 4K resolution as you can confirm on the links provided above, and also in those same links you can see the type acceleration and the video decode and encode that it supports.



The max resolution supported by the stick is s 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz, so the Youtube video should work using that resolution, and the fact that the videos from the SD card fairly worked, is because they are store on it, there is no internet streaming involved as occurs on Youtube.



In order to find out if chromium uses hardware acceleration the best thing to do is to access the Linux forums.



For testing purposes, you can always try to use a different browser.



Any questions, please let me know.