Video Processor and DVD ICs Integrate HDMI
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Feb. 23, 2006 -- Silicon Image, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIMG), a leader in the secure distribution, presentation and storage of high-definition content, today announced that Pixelworks Inc. and Sunplus Technology Co. have licensed High-Definition Multimedia Interface(TM) (HDMI(TM)) intellectual property (IP) cores from Silicon Image for integration in their advanced integrated circuits (ICs). Pixelworks has incorporated the Silicon Image IP in a new video processor IC, while Sunplus has used the Silicon Image IP in both a DVD IC and a video processor.
"Silicon Image is the market leader in HDMI silicon and IP cores, and the addition of these two new IP licensees further strengthens our position as the number one licensor of HDMI IP," said Eric Almgren, vice president of IP licensing at Silicon Image. "With Silicon Image HDMI IP cores, chip designers can easily integrate HDMI functionality into their system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs with the confidence that the IP is silicon-proven. Silicon Image is the only HDMI IP core vendor to have shipped tens of millions of HDMI devices. With Silicon Image HDMI IP cores, our customers and their customers benefit from the higher level of integration and lower overall systems cost."
HDMI has quickly emerged as the standard interface for connecting High-Definition (HD) components such as HDTVs, DVD players, set-top boxes and A/V receivers. Silicon Image offers the broadest portfolio of HDMI IP core solutions on the market, addressing a wide variety of integration options. This portfolio includes discrete HDMI transmitters and receivers, video processors with HDMI, HDMI transmitter and receiver IP cores integrating both the digital logic and analog PHY IP, and HDMI transmitter and receiver digital IP cores with a companion discrete PHY chip.
Pixelworks' Pearl ImageProcessor IC featuring Silicon Image's HDMI IP core is a highly integrated mixed signal video and image processing chip for advanced televisions and digital projectors. The powerful all-in-one chip combines an on-board microprocessor, 12-bit video decoder, 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), motion-adaptive deinterlacer and image scaling circuitry with an HDMI receiver. By integrating the HDMI receiver, the Pearl family of ImageProcessor ICs streamlines the system architecture for advanced TVs and projectors, which will lower costs of these products to consumers.
"Now that HDMI is a required input for HDTVs, we decided to license Silicon Image's HDMI receiver IP core to integrate in our Pearl ImageProcessor IC," said Hans Olsen, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Pixelworks. "Silicon Image ported their HDMI IP to our foundry partner, and it worked the first time. We are very impressed with the quality of their HDMI IP and Silicon Image's ability to quickly port to a new foundry."
Sunplus has released two SoC devices with integrated HDMI. The SPHE6500 is an advanced DVD chip with a built-in scalar and HDMI transmitter that scales up standard definition video to high-definition resolutions and connects directly to HDTVs via the HDMI interface. The SPV7030 is a highly integrated video processor for mainstream LCD and CRT based TVs. It incorporates an RGB/YPbPr video ADC, state-of-the-art 3D motion adaptive video deinterlacing, and dual LVDS links output for full support of 1080p HDTV resolution. The SPV7030 also features a picture-in-picture (PIP) processor and advanced image processing controls, as well as an integrated microcontroller, a programmable on-screen-display engine and HDMI receiver.
"Silicon Image is the recognized leader in HDMI solutions," said Yarn Chen, chief technology officer at Sunplus. "Knowing that the HDMI IP block would work and be fully compliant with the HDMI specification freed our designers to focus on adding more value to our new integrated video processor and DVD offerings."
About Silicon Image, Inc.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Silicon Image, Inc. is a leader in the secure distribution, presentation and storage of high-definition content. Silicon Image creates and drives industry standards for digital content delivery such as DVI, HDMI and UDI, leveraging strategic partnerships with global leaders in consumer electronics and personal computing. Silicon Image offers robust, high-bandwidth semiconductors in the global PC/display, consumer electronics and storage arenas based on its innovative digital interconnect technology and has become one of the top ten IP licensing vendors in the world. For more information on Silicon Image, visit http://www.siliconimage.com.