AMD has launched a chip offering HDTV viewing capabilities on desktop and notebook PCs around the world using analog, digital and free-to-air broadcast signals.
The company says the ATI Theater HD 750 PC TV chip uses advanced video processing and signal reception technologies to give an authentic HD home theater feel on the PC.
NEC Electronics has announced a new chip that reduces blurring when SD images and video are expanded and displayed in 1920 x 1080 resolution HDTVs.
The µPD9280GM is also capable of supporting one billion colors (30-bits color depths – or "Deep Color"), which enhances color vividness and accuracy of display, according to the company.
ESS Technology has released a new chip for VoIP phones.
By embedding two subscriber line interface circuits (SLICs) along with an Ethernet switch, ESS says the ES9701 will provide a high level of integration at a low cost for both VoIP adapters and applications.
New CPUs from Intel based on the upcoming Nehalem core architecture will improve VoIP virtualisation.
The new processors will be targetted at the virtualisation and communications sectors, according to a report in Comms Dealer.
Panasonic has announced that it has developed the first single-chip signal processing LSI for Blu-ray Disc players that can both read the disc and decode the content.
Previously these functions were performed by separate front end and back end LSI in addition to seven external memory chips.
By combining the functionality into one chip, 50 per cent less space is required and 25 per cent energy is saved.
As a result of the single chip solution, manufacturers will be able to make smaller Blu-ray players that consume less energy.