SiS is going to launch several chips for the handheld communications devices market next year. According to Michael Chen, SiS his CEO and president, they will launch LCD controller chips, accelerators and MPEG-4 decoders. They hope that they will be able to establish a foothold in this market within the next 9 to 15 months.
The Taiwan-based chipset designer also expects to launch 802.11b and 802.11g chips this quarter or in the first quarter of next year, according to Chen. It will also unveil its second USB 2.0 controller IC for flash disks and Xbox-use media input/output (I/O) chips next year.
Its first USB 2.0 flash disk controller – the SiS150 – was launched last month.
The other two major Taiwanese chipset designers – ALi and VIA Technologies – are also aggressively developing consumer electronics ICs. ALinx Technology, a 100%-owned subsidiary of ALi, has launched three wireless networking chips and will continue to focus on the development of networking and communications chip solutions.
VIA Telecom, a 100%-owned subsidiary of VIA, is likely to enter small volume production of its CDMA chips at year-end, while VIA Networking, another 100%-owned subsidiary of VIA, is expected to offer a Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) MAC/PHY single chip within a couple of months.