Originally Posted by jhue
Sigma Designs was sampling the EM8634L in August of 2005. Anyone know why has it taken so long to get products based on this processor to market? Are there problems with it that are preventing development of a viable product based on it?
You can find the chip in most of the Blu-ray players (Panasonic, Sony, Pioneer) so there are viable products out there based on it. Unfortunately, no streamers though.
The new streamers from Netgear and Dlink will be using the EM8622 chip so it looks like we will have to wait at least a year or two before we see the 8634 used in a streamer.
What really gets my goat is that Moviebeam's player has been using the EM8622 for over a year now (!) and Netgear/Dlink are just now starting to use it in their new products (which haven't even shown up on store shelves yet). To make matters worse, market leader Tvix is still introducing new streamers using the very old EM8620 chip.
Why are these companys using such old and outdated technology? The only reason I can think of is that the older chips are cheaper to buy from Sigma. But you would think that there would be a market for streamers based on the lastest and greatest chips even if it meant a higher retail price.