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Silicon Image pushes 'connectivity co-processor' for TV

1/24/2011 10:53 PM EST
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ocarmona1
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ocarmona1   1/29/2011 5:01:07 PM
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For those looking at adding connectivity to an existing "dumb" TV, the best approach is to provide bolt-on board such as Foster, AwoX connected TV module. Adding a connectivity chipset means a lot of integration, a bolton board using existing standard bus in "dumb" TV is quicker and enable late production differentiation...

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Kinnar   1/27/2011 6:05:35 PM
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This product will surely pitch with low and midrange TV Sets manufacturers, most of them are masters in analog electronics and adding some new feature connected with top of the line connectivity and protocols would not be feasible for them, a complete solution like this for connectivity will surely attract them for diversified connectivity. Truly Great Idea from Silicon Image.

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prabhakar_deosthali   1/27/2011 5:41:44 AM
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This co-processor concept is really ideal way to protect the basic TV from becoming obsolete. With so many new connectivity standards and media getting introduced in the market everyday, that this is the best way for the consumers to protect their investment. In India when PC was a very costly affair, my company had developed a TV with a co-processor. This co-processor used the teletext memory of the Basic TV chip-set to convert the TV into a Character display. We had put in the Electronic diary like features and a BASIC interpreter into the co-processor firmware and the QUERTY like keyboard on the back of remote. This concept was instantly popular and we did good business with it till the PC prices crashed down. The co-processor concept can be leveraged by other companies to design their own co-processors as the enw connectivity standards come into vogue.

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goafrit   1/27/2011 1:03:45 AM
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"Does this mean that Silicon Image hopes to become the ultimate arbitrator of standards for connectivity co-processors?" That is a key question. This market remains clouded but if they execute, they have a chance here

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elctrnx_lyf   1/25/2011 12:36:08 PM
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Silicon Image is losing their edge after actually inventing the TMDS and DVI technologies long ago. But now the Display port is already taking over as connectivity interface for any display in the industrial market. Probably Silicon Images are trying to come up with some thing in the tough times.

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Dave.Dykstra   1/25/2011 5:59:25 AM
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Although there are a number of details not yet clear in this, it looks like the concept is simply to try to enable a way to connect to whatever is there now and, hopefully, to whatever comes next. Manufacturers have gotten good at connecting to whatever is there at the time of design, but that just means that the interface is out of date shortly. If updating the interface can be made as simple as changing (or adding) a connector and updating some firmware, that is a huge jump in the design and manufacturing process.

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junko.yoshida   1/25/2011 1:11:14 AM
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To be clear, Silicon Image has not described this in detail. However, that said, if this "network co-processor" is to work with different SoCs, there has to be a "standard" interface. Remember, Silicon Image is not only a chip company that has built its fortune on HDMI, but it is also an IP vendor. I am sure that this will have a good IP angle for them to make money.

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Robotics Developer   1/25/2011 12:58:40 AM
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After reading the entire article I am still not sure what Silicon Image intends to do. I can understand the connectivity co-processor concept: create a controller that can handle the various protocols needed (Ethernet, wifi, wireless, USB, Bluetooth, etc.) but what will they do with all this connected data? Will they provide a new standard interface for others to follow and use? I am wondering just how this will work. Anyone else?

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