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Consumer electronics products, such as high-end (digital) TVs, contain complex systems on chip (SOC) that offer high computational performance at low cost. Traditionally, these SOCs are Application-Specific Standard Products (ASSPs) with limited programmability. The authors describe why TV SOCs must become more flexible, and why companion chips together with Networks On Chips (NOC) are a crucial enabling technology. In particular, networks that span multiple chips will become important in the near future. They demonstrate their ideas by extending a commercially available SOC for picture improvement in high-end TVs with the ?thereal NOC.
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