US Report: Chromatic ends Mpact development

Chromatic Research said Wednesday that it has stopped development of its Mpact architecture, which was designed to combine multimedia functions on a single chip.

Instead, Chromatic will focus on a "new and unique" approach to media processing, although it would not give details of that architecture. The Mpact processor had picked up supporters in Gateway which uses the processor in some of its systems, and chip makers LG Semicon, SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics, and Toshiba which co-develop, manufacture and sell Mpact processors.

"This new architecture will solve issues that the Mpact processors have faced, by better fitting industry design cycles, by dramatically simplifying and opening the software environment , and by offering superior performance and integration," the company said in a statement.

The venture capital-backed company also said today that it has secured additional funding, but did not give details