1.6 bln MPEG IC units to ship by 2011

MPEG IC unit shipments will grow from 649 mln in 2006 to 1.6 bln in 2011, In-Stat says. The advent of H.264 has given rise to startups like Ambarella and Horizon Semiconductor, while 2006 saw the first mobile MPEG-4 IC shipments from Rockchip, MtekVision, and Chipnuts. MediaTek was again the top supplier in 2006 of MPEG-2 DVD decoder ICs, LSI Logic the top supplier of MPEG-2 encoder ICs, and STMicroelectronics was the top supplier of MPEG-2 MP@ML set top box decoder ICs and H.264 decoder ICs.