Conexant, Sony-IBM Unveil New Chips


Conexant Systems Inc. and a joint venture between Sony Corp., Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and IBM Corp. unveiled separate chip designs that will impact parts of the broadband sector.

Conexant unveiled a next-generation video decoder that is compliant with the MPEG-4/H. 264 (Moving Picture Expert Group) standard, known as MPEG-4, part 10. The company said the new chip improves bandwidth utilization for a wider range of voice, video and data communications, including HDTV.

And the IBM-Sony venture said it has created a "Cell" processor-based workstation that will be used in future PC, gaming and broadband devices. The companies said the Cell will be able to process trillions of floating-point calculations per second. Sony said the Cell processors can be grouped to handle massive parallel processing needs, and it will impact entertainment-content creation, games and movies.

The Cell is expected to be included in future versions of Sony's “PlayStation” gaming console.