NEC Electronics announced its new super-resolution
application-specific standard product (ASSP), the PD9280GM, which can
reduce blurring that occurs when low-resolution images and video are
expanded and displayed in 1920 x 1080-pixel high-definition (HD)
The ASSP achieves crisp images in HD TV broadcasts by boosting
720 x 480-pixel standard definition (SD) image data. It is also capable
of supporting one billion colors (30-bits color depths), which enhances
color vividness and accuracy of display. The rapid development of
high-performance digital audio/visual (AV) devices, such as mobile
phones and digital TVs, has left consumers with the challenge of how to
view low-resolution images on their new high-definition electronic
products. For example, 1920 x 1080-pixel HD televisions have six times
the resolution compared to the 720 x 480-pixel SD image data, which
results in blurred images.
Although many image-enhancement technologies have been
developed to process low-resolution image data into full HD images,
designers, using traditional solutions, need large-capacity external
memory devices and high-performance compute engines, and face other
challenges to achieve real-time processing for vivid moving images.
Three key features of the PD9280GM super-resolution ASSP
(1) Enhances SD video and image data for crisp display in full
HD With increased operating frequency of 150 megahertz (MHz), compared
to the previous 108 MHz, this improved operating frequency supports
advanced processing of image data and boosts images with higher
resolution even on full HD television broadcasts. The super-resolution
technology is also available as an intellectual property (IP)
(2) Capable of displaying one billion colors
The new ASSP extends its color quality from 24-bit color supporting 8
bits-per-component of red, green, and blue (RGB) color, to 30-bit
color. While 24-bit color is only capable of displaying 15 million
colors, 30-bit color, aka Deep Color, can display one billion
possible colors with smooth color gradation.
(3) No need for external memory
Conventional image-resolution technologies used a multiframe technique
to process image data, which required large-capacity external memory
making it expensive and difficult to create hardware capable of
real-time processing. NEC Electronics' super-resolution technology
enables high-resolution processing with just one frame of image data.
Reducing the processing load eliminates the need for expensive,
external, high-capacity memory.
More information about NEC Electronics' super-resolution
technology and products can be found at http://www.am.necel.com/other_assp/super_resolution/.
Pricing and Availability
Samples of NEC Electronics' PD9280GM super-resolution ASSP are
available now at US$20 each. Mass production is scheduled to begin in
July 2009, starting from 100,000 units per month, expecting to reach
approximately 1,000,000 units by 2010. (Pricing and availability are
subject to change without notice.)