Intel Postpones Chip Release

Intel has postponed the release of its liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) technology, used to create small chips that produce images for high-definition, rear projection televisions. It was initially scheduled for an end of the year release, after its January 2004 debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

LCOS produces picture quality in 720p and 1080p designed for large-format, wide screens, like those in film. To make the chips--code-named Cayley--the silicon manufacturing process creates a high quality surface for reflecting light. The result is bright, high-contrast images.

The use of the LCOS technology--created by the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company--is expected to lower the price for large screen TVs.

The new release date is not known.