Matsushita: Electronics with 45nm chips going on sale in Nov.

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. is again touting its 45nm work, saying that six video recorders are set to hit the market in November incorporating a 45nm version of the company’s UniPhier system LSI.

Matsushita said in June that it had started the “world[‘s] first” mass production of 45nm LSI chips at its factory in Uozu, central Japan.

First off the company’s 45nm production lines, the upgraded UniPhier system LSI offers high-performance for processing motion/still image data with integrated AV data compression/decompression (codec) technology. Matsushita plans to eventually use it in all its Panasonic-branded digital AV devices.

With the 45nm architecture — which integrates 250 million transistors on a single chip — high-definition images can be compressed down to 50%-33% of conventional methods while retaining high image quality, the company previously explained. This solves size and power consumption problems due to the large circuits scale of HD-compliant AV coded chips vs. conventional standard-definition quality, which is a problem with LSIs using 65nm processes. Matsushita did not disclose power consumption specs on its new UniPhier LSI.


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