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CE products to benefit from PCIe bus

Posted: 10 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IIC? consumer electronics? PCI express? PCIe? DVB-T?

With Intel utilizing PCI Express (PCIe) bus in all its latest PCs and notebooks, consumer electronics (CE) products can now start to enjoy the benefits of PCIe high speed bus.

During the 11th Annual International IC-China Conference & Exhibition (IIC-China), Philips Semiconductor demonstrated a series of products based on PCIe, including a DVB-T TV receiver card and a 4-channel video server.

"It is enough for a DVB-T application to use a single-channel 2.5Gbps data rate. However, a video server requires multi-channel PCIe," said Yin Peng, an assistant manager at Philips. Yin added that test instrument vendors have started to leverage PCIe, especially multi-channel PCIe.

Philips released a PCIe physical layer chip named PX1011-1A at the end of 2005 and has started volume production early this year. According to the company, this PHY chip has already been adopted by one large Taiwan ODM.

Aside from PCIe interface, the adoption rate of High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) in the consumer electronics industry is also increasing. According to Yin, the market last year was mainly driven by exports to some European countries, which required manufacturers to integrate HDMI. Yin expects China's local industry to experience growth in 2006.

- Alice Sun
Electronic Engineering Times-China




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