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New VISTA for set-top boxes

VLSI has a new architecture that provides all the necessary components to build a set-top computer box.

VLSI Technology (VLSI) today announced a new architecture that provides all the necessary components to build a set-top computer box.

The components of VLSI Integrated Set-Top architecture, or VISTA, include chips and application program interfaces, the company said.

"This marks the completion of the first phase of VLSI's total digital set-top solution. With our new MPEG 2 audio/video decoder and video encoder, VISTA offers a complete set-top solution of hardware, software, and evaluation tools," said Paul Vroomen, vice president and general manager of VLSI Technology's Consumer Digital Entertainment Group.

VISTA also includes a network interface and a system controller using the Advanced RISC Machine processor.