Intel Media SDK 20.3 Released With AV1 Decode, Rocket Lake + DG1/SG1 Support

Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 10 October 2020 at 02:39 PM EDT. 1 Comment
Just over one week ago Intel released the Media Driver 2020.3 with Gen12/Xe AV1 decode and other improvements for their quarterly feature release of this open-source video acceleration driver. They have also now released their adjoining Media SDK 20.3 open-source update.

The Intel Media SDK provides their open-source C API for hardware-accelerated video encode/decode/filtering for their graphics hardware. As with the Intel Media Driver 20.3 release, the Media SDK 20.3 release is headlined by their API supporting AV1 video decoding support with the new driver. The API also has additions for Keem Bay platform support. The software developer kit also adds support for Rocket Lake platforms, adds the device IDs for Elkhart Lake, and adds support for DG1/SG1 discrete graphics cards.

Other work with this Media SDK update also includes FPQ efficiency work for HEVC encode, 16k support for VP9 decode, support for 4K streams with look-ahead bitrate control mode for AVC encode, and other sample/developer updates.

Hitting the code after the 20.3 tagging already is initial Alder Lake S support.

More details on the Intel Media SDK 20.3 release via GitHub.
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