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This paper proposes a new architecture for VASA, a single-chip MPEG-2 422P@HL CODEC LSI with multichip configuration for large scale processing beyond the HDTV level, and demonstrates its flexibility and usefulness. This architecture consists of triple encoding cores, a decoding core, a multiplexer/de-multiplexer core, and several dedicated application-specific hardware modules with a hierarchical flexible communication scheme for high-performance data transfer. VASA is the world's first single-chip full-specs MPEG-2 422P@HL CODEC LSI with a multi-chip configuration. The VASA implements MPEG-2 video and system CODEC with generic audio CODEC interfaces. An LSI incorporating the architecture was successfully fabricated using the 0.13 μm eight-metal CMOS process. The architecture not only provides an MPEG-2 422P@HL CODEC but also large scale processing beyond the HDTV level for digital cinema and multi-view/-angled live TV applications with a multi-chip configuration. The VASA implementations will lead to a new dimension in future high-quality, high-resolution digital multimedia entertainment.