With the demand for multimedia application increasing day by day, it has become eminent to enhance the speed of processing information on web browsers. Particularly with the release of apps for android and iPhone, consumers are now looking towards getting the best of GUI applications. In order to deliver on this enhanced GUI applications capability Microsoft and Intel have recently announced hardware acceleration features for IE 9.

The beta version of IE 9 browser is scheduled to be launched this week, as Safari, Chrome and Firefox have already seen an enhancement in the acceleration speeds of handling web content. The new IE 9 will be launched at the event in San Francisco along with Intel’s Sandy Bridge chip architecture which features enhanced graphics.

Microsoft is terming the new browser enhancements as “full vs. partial acceleration,” whereas Intel is said to be the new power behind IE9 acceleration on its Core i series of chips–which will include new Sandy Bridge processors.

How does it Work?

Information is paired in units between the Graphics chip-based acceleration GPU processor and the CPU. Once a web page opens there are thousands of tasks that are activated to enable the screening of the content. However with the new “hardware acceleration” information related to the graphics are handled by the GPU whereas information related to the coding are handled by the CPU. These shifts in the processor take a lot of calculation which will be handled by the Intel core I series chip.

According to Erik Lorhammer, “The Intel Core i5 processor is calculating the movement of these images and then the built-in HD graphics is actually rendering these images on the screen,” said, Sandy Bridge graphics marketing manager, in the video.

Lately, the IE platform has lagged behind Chrome, Safari and Firefox with regards to video acceleration. Due to these reasons Microsoft in collaboration with Intel is taking advantage of the hardware acceleration technology which seeks to improve the speed of IE 9.