This Chip Takes The Pain Out Of Gearing Up For Graphics

The emphasis on snazzy graphics for personal computers has highlighted a glaring weakness: PCs are laggards when it comes to handling pictures--especially moving pictures, such as those on TV. That soon may change. And bringing TV to your PC may not cost anywhere near the $600 and up that multimedia mavens now shell out for full-motion video circuit boards for PCs. In some cases it will hardly cost anything, says James A. Bixby, chairman of Brooktree Corp. The San Diego company specializes in video chips that in the blink of an eye convert analog images into digital data.

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