LOS ANGELES--There is very little room inside a PC these days, both literally and figuratively.
Tiny Netbooks leave little physical space for any added components, while brutal price competition means it's just as hard financially to convince PC makers they need something extra.
Still, that's what Safi Qureshey, who co-founded PC maker AST Research almost three decades ago, is trying to do.
His start-up, Quartics, is pitching a chip that would augment the PC's main processor and graphics card with a programmable chip for handling things like Flash movies and video conferencing.
"It's a co-processor. … Read more