NEC's BD Live Compatible Chip: Still Waiting For Cheaper Blu-ray Players
While we don't think anyone's too happy with the affordability of Blu-ray players these days, things look to be improving. Back in May, Panasonic announced their UniPhier 3 processor, a chip that fits all of Bluray's BD Live features. Announcements like this mean inevitable price decreases on end products thanks to cheaper manufacturing costs, and inevitable price decreases are further reinforced when competitor's come onto the scene.
NEC has now announced they've begun producing their EMMA3P chip for Blu-ray players that fits all of the BD Live features on one chip. Including H.264/VC-1/MPEG-2 compression, USB/ethernet/HDMI peripheral controls, picture-in-picture, Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD audio playback, and even DivX on a single chip, NEC and Panasonic looked to have primed the Blu-ray "guts" market to set the base for cheaper Blu-ray players for none other than us.
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Posted by Justin Davey at July 13, 2008 1:06 PM