updated 09:30 am EST, Fri February 6, 2009
NEC CE143 Phone Chip
NEC today unveiled a new processor it says should significantly bolster the media capabilities of cellphones. The CE143 can process photos at 12 megapixels but also supports decoding 1080p video, letting any equipped device play full HD without needing a more advanced graphics chipset. The still photo mode also has features normally reserved for still cameras, such as fast face detection for portraits, image stabilization and a "super resolution" technique that can reduce the blur and pixelation when using digital zoom.
The Japanese chipmaker plans to demonstrate CE143 at this month's Mobile World Congress show and will start giving phone manufacturers samples in March with a goal of mass production in April. No customers have been mentioned, though the samples will cost about $44 each; volume devices may cost less. [via Tech-On]