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DVD combines with Intel 3D chip

The two companies will introduce low-cost circuit boards with 3D graphics and DVD playback capabilities based on Intel's new graphics chip.

    C-Cube Microsystems (CUBE) and Zoran (ZRAN) separately announced today that they will introduce low-cost circuit boards with 3D graphics and DVD playback capabilities based on Intel's new graphics chip.

    The announced products will be the first PC-DVD playback boards to be integrated with Intel's new graphics chip. The move toward creating more integrated multimedia subsystems is growing as chipmakers find they can offer lower-priced products by combining functions in a single product.

    Zoran's design features DVD playback technology and a 3D audio chip on a supplementary circuit board, or daughterboard, which is offered along with an Intel740 graphics chip.

    Zoran will be licensing the design for the daughterboard to third-party manufacturers.

    C-Cube's DVD-PC solution, dubbed Chelsea-I, is based on C-Cube's ZiVA DVD chip. "By enabling Chelsea-I to work seamlessly with the Intel graphics chip, [PC vendors] can now offer hardware DVD performance at less than half the cost of previous implementations," the company said.

    Major 3D graphics circuit board manufacturers such as STB, Diamond Multimedia, Real 3D, and Asustek are adopting C-Cube's ZiVA chip for DVD daughtercards and add-in boards to interface with their Intel740-based products, the company added.