We will continue to carry 1185 players that are the EP250 G2 and EP350 G2. I can't speak for other companies, but the EP600 move to the 1186, for us, is to reduce product over-lap. The 1185 is still very much a current chip for Realtek. The current line-up for Realtek is as follows:
1055 - Current stand-alone media player chip-of-choice.
1085 - 1055, plus network capabilities.
1186 - 1185, plus 3D and limited Android.
Realtek should know that their current strength is in the $60-$100 area. As is, they feel a lot of pricing pressure from both below them (F10) and above them (Sigma). The pressure from F10 is a bit more tangible, but the Sigma Designs pressure is what I think they are more worried about since it directly limits their profitability and ability to move up market. Unless they are able to negotiate streaming agreements with premium content providers (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu), their ability go to a higher price will be severely limited.
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