TUALATIN, Ore.--Pixelworks Inc. here and Analog Devices Inc. today announced they will work together to combine ADI's analog and digital receiver technology with Pixelworks' ImageProcessor ICs for a single-chip solution serving high-performance dual-interface displays.
The partnership aims to create a one-chip solution for all of the functions needed to operate a liquid-crystal display (LCD) monitor. This chip will provide scaling technology, on-screen display (OSD) controller, on-board microprocessor, PLLs, as well as digital and analog receivers. The new ImageProcessor chips, based on Analog Devices' core, are expected to be available in 2001.
"The alliance is aimed at capitalizing on the "explosive growth in the flat panel monitor, multimedia projector, and advanced television markets," said Robbie McAdam, vice president and general manager at Analog Devices, based in Norwood, Mass.
The two companies have been developing joint reference designs for advanced display products for more than three years. In January, Analog Devices participated in Pixelworks' Series D financing to cement their strategic relationship. The two companies did not release the financial terms of their agreement.
Under the new partnership, Pixelworks will market a family of products that integrate Analog Devices' display interface technology with its ImageProcessor IC technology. Analog Devices will supply both a triple analog-to-digital converter and compatible TMDS digital receiver interfaces, supporting displays with resolution up to SXGA. Analog Devices said its TMDS receiver is compliant with the Digital Visual Interface (DVI) 1.0 open standard.
In addition, the new IC will provide high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP), said the two partners.