Chip Improves Video Quality of Set-top Boxes
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Broadcom Corp. Monday introduced a new chip that it says will improve the video quality on set-top boxes and other television appliances.
Targeted at next-generation set-top units, the company's new graphics accelerator has 3-D capabilities and supports studio-quality text, graphics and video on ordinary television displays.
The new chip is Broadcom's first entry in the graphics set-top chip market. Broadcom currently supplies high-speed transmission technology for many set-top boxes. Officials hope to soon incorporate all the major functions of a set-top box on to a single chip.
"This breakthrough technology will cost effectively allow consumers to view Internet content directly on their television with quality similar to their PC," said Henry Nicholas, Broadcom's president and chief executive officer.