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Silicon Image Introduces Industry's First Silicon Implementation of 40-nm Low Power HDMI Version 1.3 Transmitter and Analog IP Core


Silicon Image, Inc., a leader in semiconductors and intellectual property for the secure distribution, presentation and storage of high-definition content, today announced that it has begun testing the industry’s first 40-nm HDMI™ version 1.3 transmitter analog silicon targeting ultra low-power and performance driven system-on-chip (SoC) applications.  The new solution offers dual-mode functionality by supporting both HDMI technology and MHL, a high-definition (HD) video and audio connectivity solution introduced by Silicon Image that specifically focuses on the requirements of mobile devices.  Silicon Image will be demonstrating the delivery of HD digital content from a mobile phone to a large-screen digital TV using MHL at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, Hall 2-1 Booth 2.1A15 February 16 - 19, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

According to Brian O'Rourke, principal analyst at market research firm In-Stat, the installed base of HDMI-enabled devices exceeded 600 million at the end of 2008, and should exceed 1.5 billion by the end of 2010.  Silicon Image is the leading supplier of HDMI semiconductors and IP cores having helped establish this market.  As mobile device developers begin incorporating HD video and audio capabilities into phones, cameras, digital camcorders and portable multi-media players, digital TV interconnect standards such as the HDMI and MHL technologies are expected to play significant roles.  Silicon Image’s 40nm designs are ideally suited to meet the needs of this growing HD-enabled mobile market.  In addition, Silicon Image is working with industry leading mobile consumer electronics companies to support and foster the MHL technology as a standard for broad market adoption.

"We have already begun testing silicon for both our low-power and performance versions of the 40nm HDMI-MHL transmitter analog PHY IP core design," said Ron Richter, director of business development at Silicon Image, Inc.  "These new IP cores are designed to provide our SoC customers with the flexibility and ultra-low-power capabilities required to connect mobile phones directly to digital TVs."

The ultra low-power version of the HDMI-MHL IP core is specifically designed for mobile applications and utilizes 1.8V transistors with a built-in-self-test (BIST) for easy production testing and packaging support for both wire-bond and flip-chip implementations.  In addition, Silicon Image is also providing a performance general purpose version of the HDMI-MHL transmitter PHY.  Both 40nm analog IP cores will be offered along with a configurable link digital IP core that is already being licensed to mobile SoC suppliers.

Silicon Image offers one of the broadest portfolios of HDMI and MHL technology solutions on the market with a wide variety of integration options. Silicon Image also offers high-quality, low-power camera processor IP for use in mobile SoC implementations such as mobile phones and low-power Serial ATA technology for use in mobile personal computers.