According to a report in the Taiwan Economic News, cited by The Inquirer
, Intel is set to start paying royalties to Taiwanese audio chip specialists C-Media in a licensing agreement.
C-Media designs audio codecs for PCI, USB and wireless applications as well as VoIP. The company also dabbles with USB storage solutions too, with the focus on memory card readers.
It turns out that C-Media already has one audio codec
that is compliant with the Intel Azalia specification. Maybe Intel is looking for a cheaper alternative to the Realtek ALC882M codec that has been used in its recent chipsets? We'll have to find out later this week while we're out at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Over the last year, Intel has signed quite a few cross-license agreements with various companies including ATI, NVIDIA and now C-Media. Who will be next on the list and why has Intel signed this agreement? Let us know your thoughts in the forums