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Chip designer Imagination Technology has signed a deal with ARM Holdings to get its PowerVR 2 graphics chip it developed integrated into future ARM designed processors.

Imagination hopes this will mean its 3D graphics chip design will end up in three-quarters of the world's mobile phones and TV set-top boxes.

The deal comes in the nick of time as Imagination looks likely to suffer on the news that Sega could shelve Dreamcast production. The Dreamcast uses the PowerVR 2 chip, but Imagination chief exec Hossein Yassaie has said the processor design can be used in set-top boxes if the console business ends.

Imagination is already working with UK set-top box builder Pace, and Sega is making an announcement on Monday 29 January about the Dreamcast living on as the basis for a new product being developed by Pace. ®

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