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Analogix backs DisplayPort HDTV standard

Posted by inet - 2005-10-21

LONDON — Analogix Semiconductor Inc. is expected to announce Monday (Oct. 24) the first integrated circuit to support the DisplayPort high definition interface specification prepared by the Video Electronics Standard Association (VESA).

Analogix (Santa Clara, Calif.) said in a statement posted on the company's website that with Genesis Microchip Inc., it had successfully demonstrated the DisplayPort interface prototype to VESA’s Display Systems Committee in September.

Analogix, which has development operations in Beijing, China, has in the past introduced physical-layer transceiver ICs that can achieve up to 25-Gbit/s data rate over copper wire, and is now turning to both monitor display and high-definition television applications with DisplayPort as both of these also require high speed streaming of data.

The forthcoming chip from Analogix, the ANX9801, is a DisplayPort transmitter that allows PC graphics card and motherboard vendors to upgrade their existing designs to support DisplayPort outputs, according to the statement posted at the company’s website. The 10.8-Gbit per second transmitter allows PCs to drive a QSXGA (2560 x 2048) monitor over a single DisplayPort cable. TheANX9801 is housed in a 72-pin QFN package and is priced less than $3.00 in volume. Analogix said samples are expected in Q1 2006.

“DisplayPort is the first industry standard to apply the performance and cost advantages of high speed serial links. It removes interconnect bandwidth as a potential chokepoint for display systems while unifying box-to-box and chip-to-chip interfaces to save system design efforts and component costs,” said Ian Chen, vice president of marketing and product management for Analogix, in the statement.

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