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NEC chip allows phones with 1080p video

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]

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh good

    Because we know the importance of having HD video on a 3" screen.

  1. greenG4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: oh good

    Maybe not, but it would be nice to be able to simply plug in a portable device to a larger screen don't you think?

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Useless for taking photos

    Although this may be good for processing and viewing photos, it cannot improve the quality. Any photographer will tell you it is the glass in front; so until they finish the development of the variable focal point liquid lenses, you will always get a crappy photo. In this case, a crappy 12MP photo taken with a 1/8" plastic lens.

    video is a bit more interesting, especially if I can hook my phone up to a tv (not sure how, don't see many phones with DVI out...).

    However, this technology sounds good, and will obviously work its way into other areas.

  1. gitcypher

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think it was samsung who plans on releasing an iphone 'killer'. Point of the matter is that the phone will apparently have HDMI out. It was on electronista yesterday.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I thought there was

    more to it than just having a high megapixel chip in a cellphone. The lens certainly would be important. It's just that it seems these cellphone companies are always making such a big deal about having a higher megapixel count than the iPhone. I suppose Apple would have to make a deal with a high quality lens manufacturer if they wanted to go higher than 2 megapixels and still get decent quality. I'm just guessing.

    I still think companies are getting carried away about turning cellphones into some sort of super high-end device that does everything yet is still hindered by a marginal battery size.

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