Chips Ahoy

The computer hardware industry seems ready for a paradigm shift. Intel’s PRAM sampling is next month, and the effects of this are that we will enjoy even lower prices on current flash memory and a compelling speed improvement ready to replace it. No doubt this stuff will benefit the pretty much everything Apple makes.

There is a rumor going around that Apple is looking at adding a $50 H.264 codec chip to their hardware, maybe in their computers, the iTV, who knows. Why wouldn’t they, I ask? Why HAVEN’T they done this already? Or maybe we’ll see a 1.99 H.264 Chip enabler, but it ships with iTV ’08.

While not a chip by itself, but the multitouch display is powered by a few unknown chips. It seems to get more and more attention the closer June gets to us. Doesn’t all of these seem like a powerful combination for high speed entertainment viewing and creating systems? Wouldn’t they seem in line with the digital media strategy? Let the imaginations run wild, what do TAB readers think these chips and displays will power in the year ahead?

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