TORONTO--In an effort to make digital CRT displays look and work better, Genesis Microchip Inc. here has introduced the gm7010 digital CRT controller, the first in a series of image processors aimed at the consumer and desktop multimedia markets.
Unlike the traditional analog CRT -- used for television displays and computer monitors -- digital CRTs connect to video/graphic sources via a digital link. The all-digital signal path produces better image quality, longer cables without signal degradation, plus less reliance on the quality of a computer's video card, according to Graham Loveridge, Genesis Microchip's marketing director for digital CRT applications.
"In addition, the large Hollywood studios are excited about HDCP High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection," said Loveridge. "HDCP provides a secure link between the PC and the display device to ensure the content isn't copied. This gives Hollywood the impetus they need to release high-definition digital video content into the PC market. It also allows for the establishment of digital video connections in the consumer video market."
The DVI-compliant gm7010 was designed to optimize image quality, reduce customers' overall solution cost, and simplify the integration of DVI video into a standard CRT monitor.
In addition to content protection, it offers a165 megapixels-per-seconds (5 gigabits/sec.) TMDS receiver; analog multiplexer, for selection between analog RGB or DVI inputs; enhanced on-screen display; 10-bit DAC, for enhanced performance; and proprietary color-management controls.
"With this chip, we're giving our customers something more than just a digital connection," added Loveridge. "The gm7010 is the first in a line of devices designed to enhance the traditional CRT, paving the way for true multimedia CRT monitor solutions which not only look better but also offer more features."
The gm7010, available in a 208-pin PQFP package, will be sampling in late July. Volume unit pricing is $15.