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Video interface processors offer huge space savings

Posted: 30 Aug 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:focus enhancements? video interface processor? fs455? fs456?

Focus Enhancements Inc. has released two new video interface processors in a BGA package, targeting system designers who need compact components for mobile and handheld applications.

According to the company, the FS455 and FS456 chips are one quarter the size of conventional Thin Quad Flat Pack (TQFP) chip packages. They deliver the same superior studio grade quality images already proven in gaming devices, STBs and media adapters to even smaller media-oriented devices such as PDAs and high-end cellphones.

"With the FS455/FS456, we are responding to customer requests for smaller components for exciting new applications in portable devices," shared Tom Hamilton, EVP and GM of Focus Enhancements' semiconductor group. "These chips will provide revenue growth and maintain a competitive edge in our base convergence market while we continue to invest in and aggressively develop our Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology, which targets wireless video," Hamilton added.

Based on 0.18?m technology and fully software and schematic compatible with the FS453/FS454, the new ICs deliver multiple display modes, including VGA output for PC monitors, NTSC or PAL for multiple SDTV's and 480p, 720p or 1080i for HDTV. They also feature advanced 2-D adaptive and adjustable flicker filter with sharpness enhancement, resolution support from 430 x 350 to 1,280 x 1,024 (SXGA) and programmable 2-D scaling.

The flexibility of the devices allows a glueless digital interface to most graphic display chips and a variety of advanced power control modes for low power applications, a press release said. The ICs also require minimal external components-a single 27MHz clock and passive parts.

In addition, the FS456 provides the globally implemented Macrovision 7.1 anti-copy protection technology for all SDTV outputs, and also includes protection for 480p component output.

Housed in an 88-ball, 7mm? BGA package, the FS455 and FS456 can derive power from 1.8V digital and 3.3V analog supplies.

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