SAN JOSE, CALIF. - An MPEG-2 video encoder chip from Vweb Corp. is said to require less than half the on-board memory and less than half the gates of competing products. The VW2000 uses 4 Mbytes of SDRAM, has a 32-bit SDRAM interface and packs less than 500,000 gates. It uses less than 16 kbytes of microcode. The chip is designed for streaming video with multicasting, video-on-demand and videoconferencing applications as well as for digital camcorders, digital servers, personal video recorders, DVD players and recorders, Internet appliances, set-top boxes and video capture cards. The VW2000 is priced at $30 in quantities of 10,000 or more.
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