Ravisent Technologies Inc., Malvern, Pa., e Friday became the latest chip vendor selected by Microsoft Corp. for the upcoming Xbox electronic game console.
The company's CineMaster DVD engine will allow Xbox to play DVD video and audio discs independently as well as use DVD games, the companies said. The competitive Sony Corp. PlayStation II game console already on the market has created added consumer demand because it doubles as a stand-alone DVD player as well.
Ravisent's CineMaster DVD engine includes MPEG-2 decoder, Dolby digitaland LPCM audio decoders, closed caption decoder, and DVD navigation and presentation engines. The Ravisent engine is also used in DVD systems sold with PCs and stand-alone DVD players.