Sunnyvale, Calif. Silicon Image, Inc. has introduced its PinnaClear SiI9155 advanced input processor for high-definition digital televisions (HDTVs) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The SiI9155 is based on Silicon Image's input processor architecture that enables manufacturers to quickly add new features to their HDTV platforms.
When features are concentrated in a single system-on-a-chip (SoC), it is often difficult for manufacturers to add new functionality more frequently than the release cycle of the SoC, said Silicon Image. The new input processor architecture is said to overcome these limitations by dividing the primary DTV electronics into two highly integrated parts: the input processor and the display processor. This enables manufacturers to focus on innovation on their proprietary video processing technology while the input processors handle digital and analog inputs, analog-to-digital conversion and a range of other connectivity functions, said the company.
Touted as the industry's first quad-port HDTV input processor, the SiI9155 is a single-chip solution combining four advanced High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) 1.3 inputs and four 170 mega-samples per second (MSPS) analog inputs that support up to 30-bit UXGA (1600 - 1200 pixels) RGB and 1080p 60 Hz component video resolutions. A 0.13 micron low noise analog-to-digital converter (ADC) coupled with an advanced digital video phase-locked-loop delivers near HDMI quality video from legacy analog source devices.
The HDTV input processor features an integrated Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) controller that gives manufacturers an easy way to add CEC functionality to DTVs, and built-in support for Extended Display Identification Data (EDID), which reduces the overall bill of materials for OEMs, said Silicon Image. The unique implementation of low-power standby mode enables CEC and EDIDs to function with 5-V HDMI cable power from source devices such as DVD players, set-top boxes and game consoles, said the company.
Silicon Image implements High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) using its own copyrighted firmware stack and performs a triple validation process in the programming of its HDCP keys to prevent duplicate key programming, selective authentication problems and corruptions. This validation, complemented by a testing program through Simplay Labs, allows OEMs to virtually eliminate issues with cross platform compatibility, said the company.
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