The folks at QuickLogic Corporation have just introduced a new line of display interface and enhancement solutions for the mobile market, the ArcticLink III VX series (see also the associated design article Display interface and power-saving challenges: The system designer perspective).
This family of devices helps designer’s bridge incompatible display interfaces between processors and displays, while improving display viewability and increasing system battery life. Leveraging the latest generation of QuickLogic’s VEE (Visual Enhancement Engine) and DPO (Display Power Optimization) technologies, the ArcticLink III VX platform series handles virtually all displays used in tablet and smartphone designs.
Serving as a complement to QuickLogic’s existing ArcticLink II VX family, the ArcticLink III VX series features numerous technical enhancements that further address tablet and smartphone display challenges. The VEE and DPO 2.0 technologies, based on the iridix core from Apical Limited, have undergone an upgrade to HD+ (1920x1200, or WUXGA) resolution, enabling them to provide support that surpasses today’s high-definition standards. Compared to the current generation, ArcticLink III VX has reduced the device area by 44%, and power consumption has been reduced by as much as 80%.
The ArcticLink III VX series features 13 distinct products, each featuring QuickLogic’s VEE HD+ and DPO HD+ technologies. To support mismatched interface systems, certain products feature integrated bridging between the popular RGB, MIPI DSI, and LVDS standards. According to Randy Lawson, Principal Analyst and Manager at HIS iSuppli, “More than 60M smartphones will ship this year with a mismatched processor and display interface”. To support matched interface systems, the ArcticLink III VX series also offers a number of MIPI ‘pass-through’ interface architectures. Finally, to support easy integration of embedded pico projectors, other products within the series feature a single-input, dual-output architecture, supporting both matched and mismatched interfaces.
ArcticLink III VX Smartphone applicationArcticLink III VX Smartphone with Pico Projector applicationArcticLink III VX Tablet computer applicationDisplay and power optimization
Unlike conventional stand-alone bridging solutions, the ArcticLink III VX series can enhance display viewability in adverse lighting conditions and extend battery life by as much as 50%. QuickLogic’s VEE HD+ technology substantially enhances viewability by dynamically optimizing the display content’s dynamic range, contrast, and color saturation based on a human visual model to provide a natural viewing experience to the user, regardless of the viewing environment. QuickLogic’s DPO HD+ technology works in conjunction with the VEE HD+ technology to extend battery life by modulating display brightness based on ambient lighting and content without negatively affecting the user experience.“Mobile device developers are often forced to make compromises in their display choices,”
says Brian Faith, Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at QuickLogic. “The ArcticLink III VX series offers system designers multiple solutions to address their specific needs through the combination of the bridging, pass-through, and dual output architectures with resolution support up to 1920 x 1200, coupled with our VEE HD+ and DPO HD+ technologies.”Availability
QuickLogic will begin sampling the ArcticLink III VX to lead customers in Q1 2012, with mass production slated for Q3 2012. Contact QuickLogic sales at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
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