ARM chips go into new range of interactive set-tops

Advanced RISC Machines' ARM microprocessor has received a fresh boost with the announcement that Curtis Mathes will use it in its range of UniView interactive television products.

Advanced RISC Machines' ARM microprocessor has received a fresh boost with the announcement that Curtis Mathes will use it in its range of UniView interactive television products.

UniView set-top products plug into standard TV sets and provide Internet access, TV program listings, VCR programming, parent controls, telephony, email, fax and caller ID capabilities. Curtis Mathes chose the ARM microprocessor because of its low cost and ability to run high resolution graphics, according to company officials.

Initial set-top products using the ARM microprocessor will cost about US$400, but the technology will also be integrated into Curtis Mathes' range of television sets, officials said. ARM processors feature in the reference design for the Acorn NetStation NC and have long been used in Newton MessagePads, because of their ability to deliver good performance without drawing too much current or generating too much heat.

ARM can be contacted on the World Wide Web at http://www.arm.com/.

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