IDT HQV

Chip-maker Qualcomm appears to be on something of a buying spree. Earlier this year the company spent $3.1 billion to acquire Atheros, a maker of wireless communications chips. Now Qualcomm has announced an agreement to acquire two new video technologies from Integrated Device Technology.

Qualcomm will get the Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) and Frame Rate Conversion (FRC) products in the deal, and the company has agreed to use some of IDT’s other products in future Qualcomm reference designs.

The HQV and FRC technologies are used in processing HD video, and this deal should mean that future Qualcomm chips will have better support for high quality video playback.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors have proven popular with smartphone and tablet makers over the past few years, but the company’s low-power chips can also power televisions and set-top-boxes. All of those applications could certainly benefit from the video processing technology Qualcomm is acquiring from IDT.

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