Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, the company that manufactures various consumer electronics under its Panasonic brand-name, has started using Large-Scale Integration (LSI) chips made using 45nm process technology in its Diga high-definition video recorders. The new high-definition video processor, which consists of 250 million of transistors, is capable of simultaneously processing two 1080p (1920x1080, progressive scan) video streams encoded using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and can compress a full-HD image from 50% to 33% of its original size.
The new processor is already used in UniPhier, Panasonic's original digital consumer electronics integration platform, and in six new models of Panasonic's new Diga-series high definition video recorders, including Blu-ray disc recorders with a HDD and HDD/DVD recorders, scheduled for release in November 2007. By applying the new UniPhier LSI to Diga-series video recorders, Panasonic achieved high-definition recording on a DVD disc thanks to on-the-fly compression. Panasonic is not only a backer of Blu-ray but was also one of the first to release a Blu-ray Disc player in the US market.
News source: Xbit Laboratories