Frontier Silicon announce invention of digital TV chip

UK electronics group Frontier Silicon has announced the invention of a new chip for digital television that is expected to bring down prices and open up the market.

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By  Marcus Webb Published  November 4, 2002

UK electronics group Frontier Silicon has announced the invention of a new chip for digital television that is expected to bring down prices and open up the market.

The chip, which will be placed in set-top boxes, is expected to cut manufacturing costs by at least one quarter, and will offer far greater services for that cost than are available at present.

The announcement will be welcomed in the United Kingdom where the government is struggling to encourage consumers to switch over to DTV after the collapse of ITV Digital. Analysis has shown that cutting the cost of receiving equipment is an important step towards stimulating growth in the area.

Frontier Silicon's chief executive Anthony Sethill, quoted in Britain’s Financial Times newspaper, said that the new chip could be "built into television sets, where it would enable the reception of both analogue and digital transmissions; set-top boxes or multi-media boxes capable of handling input from DVD players; radio and television tuners; the new generation of PVRs [personal video recorders] and digital home cinema."

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