Nogatech yesterday launched the world’s first USB-video enabled chip at Comdex 99.

The high performance USBvision NT1004. enables the streaming of USB video, audio and data simultaneously to a computer via a USB port. It comes with software drivers delivering top-quality video across multiple platforms, including PCs, Macs and Windows handhelds.

The Nogatech chip is excpected to pave the way for manufacturers to provide USB video- and audio-capturing in camcorders, PC-TVs, and digital video-cameras. The new chip offers plug-&-play operation, a frame-rate motion of 30 frames per second (fps) at CIF resolution and 15 fps at VGA resolution – all with a low CPU-usage rate.