LG’s 3D aspirations are one step closer today with the announcement that they’ve licensed multi-core processors for their digital TVs.
The Korean company now has access to both graphics and central processing units from ARM, the archeitecture of which is suited to improved multitasking, Adobe Flash acceleration, cleaner 1080p resolution and the kind of power to crunch the numbers necessary for 3DTV.
The chips will allow the sets full web interactivity including video-on-demand, e-commerce, social networking, voting and whatever other kinds of widgets you care to chuck at it plus, of course, the Flash favourites like YouTube and iPlayer straight to your big screen. And all of that without a set top box.
Normally associated with mobile phones, ARM will supply processors running at 1GHz and are looking to develop smarter technology to save even more power further down the line.
All in all, it’s a good move for LG, helping their panels take a step up in quality and begin to match the top players in the field. Look out for a similar move in exterior design some time soon.
Last year, Jonathan Ive received one for the iPod and iMac.
This year, Steve Furber, from the University of Manchester, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to computer science, which included his work at the Acorn computer company.