Update: MIPS Technologies Acquires Chipidea (August 27, 2007)
LISBON, March 21st 2006
– Chipidea extends its IP Portfolio for Video applications with a new very compact 210MHz Analog Front-End (AFE) in 0.13ìm CMOS technology. This AFE with only 2.75mm2 is the most recent IP for high-end PC-Graphics applications. A similar AFE in 0.18ìm CMOS is already Silicon proven. The IP was taped-out in a testchip to UMC, and is available upon request in other processes or lower technology nodes with no need for analog options.
The CI7724ul is a complete AFE interface for Video systems supporting analog interfaces as for Flat Panel Displays, Digital TV and Video projectors. It captures the analog RGB or YUV graphic signals generated on a PC or other device, and converts them into three 8-bit digital codes at a rate of up to 210MSPS. Besides the 4:4:4 output format, also 4:2:2 is supported. The AFE supports Composite synchronism separation, as well as SOG extraction. The extracted HSYNC signal is used to internally generate a low jitter, programmable sampling clock suitable for all the common display resolutions and refresh ratios. The large analog input bandwidth and the programmable selection of the sampling clock phase ensures that each pixel is acquired when data is stable, thus ensuring the best image quality up to the highest video resolution. The AFE features 2:1 analog MUX input, programmable gain and offset control, configurable clamp (including midscale clamping) and internal bandgap reference to ease its integration in a system.
Chipidea’s video portfolio includes a range of Analog Front End IPs also for Standard Video and HDTV applications and combining HDTV and PC-graphics interface in one single AFE. The AFEs can be used for Digital Video Systems with an analog video input, and handle Composite Video, S-video, Component Video, and HDTV signals.About Chipidea
Chipidea is the world’s number one analog/mixed-signal merchant technology supplier targeting fast-growing market segments like wireless communications, digital media and consumer electronics. Chipidea supports blue-chip customers across the globe, has an impeccable reputation for delivering high-quality products and is known for its reliable execution. Chipidea licenses its technology to leading companies in these and other key markets, delivering everything from precision single-function blocks to full analog sub-systems. Chipidea employs 190 people in its research and development, and sales and marketing offices across Europe, Asia and North America.