CANADIAN FIRM ATI said that it has released the Theater (sic) 550 Pro video processor aimed at add on cards, motherboards and for notebook PCs.
The chip, said ATI, is a personal video recorder (PVR) on a chip which will reduce production costs. It said a number of manufacturers including Infotek, Microstar International, Gigabyte and Sapphire will build the chip into systems.
And Compal, Quanta and Winstron will use this chip in laptops.
This new chip from ATI features a 12-bit video decoder with 3D comb filtering for NTSC and PAL TVs, and a five line 2D comb filtering feature. It has an audio encoder, and supports PCI Express X1, PCI and digital IF demodulation.
ATI said that the production of this chip is already started. It doesn't need a fan or heatsink.