Intel Says LCOS Chip Slips

Latest chip to be delayed by company

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Intel is pushing back the launch of yet another widely anticipated processor, telling customers it will hold off bringing to market its Liquid Crystal On Silicon chip for displays.

The highly touted LCOS chip Intel unveiled in January, code-named Cayley, will be on hold until the company believes the market and chip are both ready, according to a spokeswoman.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Intel President Paul Otellini highlighted the company's plans for an LCOS processor as one key to its growing digital home strategy. Otellini said at the time that the processor could start appearing in consumer devices as early as year's end. LCOS technology is considered a critical driver in the move to reduce pricing in the flat-panel display arena, with Intel saying large-screen LCD-TVs using the chip could be priced as low as $2,000.

Previously, Intel announced delays to its next-generation Centrino offering, based on its Sonoma technology, and its Pentium 4 4GHz processor. Intel executives have said the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company's entire road map is on the table for review to ensure product delivery and manufacturing quality.

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