Toshiba Semiconductor and Toshiba America Electronic Components have inked a deal with TiVo to license the company’s digital video recorder technology. With the license, Toshiba will be able to produce chips that reside inside a wide range of devices, including television sets and set-top boxes, allowing users to record TV programming without a hard drive. TiVo will help the company integrate DVR technology into chips expected to ship in 2004. Financial details of the Toshiba agreement were not disclosed. A similar deal with Sony last October included an upfront software licensing fee and royalties on a per-product basis.
“We see TiVo as the key to providing the latest technology and important product differentiation for our customers,” said Farhad Mafie, a veep at Toshiba America Electronics Components. “Developing chips that are TiVo-ready is an advantage for us. We believe in the growing market for digital video recorders, and the standard-setting work TiVo has accomplished is what led us to license technology from the market leader for our next-generation products.”