[vdr] next features?

Klaus Schmidinger Klaus.Schmidinger at cadsoft.de
Sun Nov 18 17:01:58 CET 2007


On 11/18/07 15:38, Magnus Hörlin wrote:
> ...
> Hi Klaus. I'm a big fan of you, VDR and Eagle since many years. I always 
> agree with your postings and read them with great interest, but this is 
> the first time I have to disagree. My VDR livingroom client consumes 
> 30-35W from AC mains when running sw mpeg2 SD decode, deinterlace and 
> scaling. Using Reinhards patches to play h.264 720p it increases to 
> 40-45W, while my LCD runs at about 125W. So using modern pc hardware, 
> software decoding doesn't really create a heater in my opinion. I'm sure 
> an old 450MHz K6 uses more than that.
> 
> My setup:
> AMD BE-2300: €70
> Abit AN-M2HD: €80
> 1GB no-name DDR2: €20
> Mini-box picoPSU-80: €50
> total: €220

Maybe it actually is about time for me to build a new VDR.
I'll probably take a look at the Reel Extension HD PCI.
But that means I'll also need a new motherboard with at least
five PCI slots (for 3 DVB-S cards, 1 DVB-T and the Extension HD).
On my desktop PC I'm using a passively cooled Pentium M with 1.86GHz,
which works really good, so maybe that's also a viable choice for
a new VDR. I guess it goes without saying that modern motherboards
have a gigabit Ethernet port and graphics on board.
Does anybody have a recommendation for such a board?

> btw Klaus: I'm an everyday Cadsoft Eagle user since five years and I 
> still haven't had a single crash or even found a bug in it. Having used 
> all the high-end E-CAD system there is I can say that this is unheard of 
> in the industry. I guess you have something to do with that, or what is 
> your position at Cadsoft?

Yes, I'm one of the developers (and also co-owner) ;-)

Klaus



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