DSP "phone" chips spreading to other apps

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DSP "phone" chips spreading to other apps

Texas Instruments started making digital signal processors, chips that translate analog sound and video to digital signal, in 1981 for a talking doll named Julie. That niche expanded with the growth of the cell phone industry and TI now has almost half of the programmable DSP market, expected to be worth more than $6 billion this year. The chips are now spreading into more and more applications including video cameras, Internet audio players and modern talking dolls. In a related story, futurist Nicholas Negroponte predicts that, in the near future, Barbie dolls will not only teach our children French but, along with other Internet enabled appliances, will use the bulk of available bandwidth.

To read the CNet story on DSP, click To read more about the Negroponte prediction, read the story at