Texas Instruments said today that it has licensed MP3pro technology from Thomson Multimedia (company which owns licensing rights to the format in U.S.) and will add support for the format in its upcoming DSP processors. DSPs are processors that are used in (among others) digital audio devices, such as MP3 players. By adding a support for MP3pro, device manufacturers who use TI's chips, can support MP3pro in their devices as well.
MP3pro, released as a public format in June, has already gained some nice support -- there's already a WinAMP plugin available and Ahead announced in August that its super-popular CD burning software Nero will support MP3pro. MP3pro is developed by Fraunhofer Institute (masterminds behind the original MP3 format) and Swedish company Circuits and Coding Technologies.