Sony plans to put its Playstation 2 console chips in flat-panel TVs due for release this fall, aiming to catch up with Sharp and other firms in the flat-panel TV market.
The new flat-panel TVs from Sony will feature the same chips used in PlayStation 2 consoles and PSX DVD recorder/game consoles. Sony produces thiese chips at a group plant in Nagasaki Prefecture.
The chips are able to handle detailed computer graphics, which will improve TV's image-processing capacity. This would lead to faster on-screen control for selecting the type of TV broadcastsor viewing image data stored on digital or video cameras.
The company says that the chips will boost the functions of their TVs at little costs.
Sony also plans to use its next-gen Cell microprocessor in a line of digital home electronics. But this chip, which will be used for the PlayStation 3, is not expected to be ready for mass production until 2005. So first products based on this chip wouldn't hit the market until late 2005 or 2006.