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New HDTV chip announced

Japan's Matsushita (Panasonic) is to introduce an advanced silicon microchip for high-definition digital televisions (HDTV).

Japan's Matsushita (Panasonic) is to introduce an advanced silicon microchip for high-definition digital televisions (HDTV). According to Reuters, the chip will incorporate a processor, graphics, memory and additional functions previously split between separate chips.

The chip will also be compatible with terrestrial-based digital broadcasting. Advanced processes such as narrow 0.13-micron circuitry, developed in cooperation with Mitsubishi, will be used by Matsushita to manufacture the chip which is due to start distribution in August at a cost of US$168 per chip.

Matsushita controls almost half the global microchip market, but has lost its dominant position to Sony, a situation this chip is intended to rectify. "This chip will support the products that lead Matsushita's recovery," says Susumu Koike, head of the company's semiconductor operations.

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