Company Adds IP Solutions to MHL Product Portfolio to Enable Mobile HD Video Ecosystem
SUNNYVALE, Calif., November 8, 2010 – Silicon Image (NASDAQ: SIMG), a leader in advanced, interoperable HD connectivity solutions for consumer electronics, today announced the availability of intellectual property (IP) cores that support the MHL™ (Mobile High-Definition Link) standard. This announcement follows the Company’s recent introduction of its first MHL-enabled semiconductor products (see press release on October 4, 2010). MHL is a new mobile HD interface standard optimized for connecting mobile phones and other portable devices directly to high-definition televisions (HDTVs) and displays, while enabling power from the display to charge mobile device batteries over a single cable.
With Silicon Image’s new MHL IP cores, mobile and CE semiconductor manufacturers can quickly integrate MHL-enabled IP into their next-generation system-on-chip (SoC) devices, helping to accelerate the time-to-market of MHL-enabled products.
“We are pleased to now be an official adopter of the MHL standard. MHL technology offers unique advantages for the growing mobile market, such as providing full HD video and 8 channel audio between mobile devices and HDTVs and displays using existing connectors,” said Weiheng Shan, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Sunplus Technology Co., Ltd. “Sunplus’ decision to license MHL IP from Silicon Image is based on their proven expertise in HD connectivity solutions and the anticipated successful market adoption of MHL.”
“Mobile devices are evolving to possess the processing and storage capabilities of PCs while incorporating additional features such as digital still cameras and HD camcorders,” said Eric Almgren, vice president, IP business group at Silicon Image, Inc. “MHL technology enables these powerful mobile devices to fully exploit their HD video and audio capabilities on HDTVs and home theater systems. Silicon Image’s MHL IP cores will allow SoC manufacturers to integrate MHL technology—reducing power consumption and bill-of-material cost, while ensuring compatibility between HDTVs and mobile products.”
Silicon Image’s family of IP cores includes a broad range of HDMI® technology solutions, Serial ATA (SATA) storage, RAID controller, image signal processor (ISP) camera IP up to 18 megapixels and H.264, MPEG-1/2 and VC-1 video decoders. For more information about Silicon Image’s complete IP core product offering, visit our website at http://www.siliconimage.com/iplicensing/index.aspx.
About MHL Technology and MHL, LLC The MHL specification, introduced in June 2010, is an HD video and digital audio interface optimized for connecting mobile phones and portable devices to HDTVs, displays and other home entertainment products. MHL technology features a single cable with a 5-pin interface able to support up to 1080p HD video and digital audio while simultaneously providing power to the mobile device, and utilizing established connectors. MHL, LLC is the agent for overseeing and administering the drafting, adoption, licensing, and promotion of the MHL Specification. The MHL Specification was developed by Nokia Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Silicon Image, Inc., Sony Corporation, and Toshiba Corporation as a standard for mobile wired connectivity, to enable the development of standard-compliant mobile and display products across a broad connectivity ecosystem. MHL, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIMG). For more information, visit http://www.mhlconsortium.org/.
About Silicon Image, Inc.
Silicon Image is a leading provider of advanced, interoperable connectivity solutions that enable the reliable distribution and presentation of high-definition (HD) content for consumer electronics, mobile, and PC markets. The company delivers its technology via semiconductor and intellectual property (IP) products that are compliant with global industry standards and also feature industry leading Silicon Image innovations such as InstaPort™. Silicon Image’s products are deployed by the world’s leading electronics manufacturers in devices such as desktop and notebook PCs, DTVs, Blu-Ray Disc™ players, audio-video receivers, as well as mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras. Silicon Image has driven the creation of the highly successful HDMI® and DVI™ industry standards, as well as the latest standards for mobile devices - SPMT™ (Serial Port Memory Technology) and MHL™ (Mobile High-Definition Link). Via its wholly-owned subsidiary, Simplay Labs, Silicon Image offers manufacturers comprehensive standards interoperability and compliance testing services. For more information, visit us at http://www.siliconimage.com/.