|[5:00 PM] CBS MarketWatch: C-Cube & Apple Working On DVD Chip Deal
CBS MarketWatch is reporting that semiconductor manufacturer C-Cube is working on a deal to provide Apple with new DVD chips for DVD encoding, likely in conjunction with Apple's other recent DVD oriented announcements. According to CBS MarketWatch:
A major chip-related announcement featuring Apple is expected from semiconductor maker C-Cube. The Milpitas, Calif.-based maker of chips that compress digital video signals for broadcast and electronic makers is said to be gearing up to make an announcement in conjunction with its own first-quarter earnings results on April 24.
Analysts don't deny the possibility is strong that C-Cube will provide Apple with DVD chips for use in certain computer models, and, while neither company would comment on the speculation, Arun Veerappan at Robertson Stephens said the time frame is "appropriate."
DVD chips would enhance Apple's Power Mac G4 video capabilities which can be loaded with the company's Final Cut Pro video-editing software.
The full article from CBS MarketWatch has other information and we encourage to read it.
The Mac Observer Spin: Apple seems to have more up their sleeves regarding the Digital Video market. In this case, Apple seems to be making a major play towards the DVD creation market, something we speculated about when Apple bought Astarte Software. Hopefully Apple's plans will come to light in the near future.
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