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Vativ unveils 'first' three-input HDMI receiver

Posted: 23 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Vativ? HDMI receiver? high density multimedia interface? VTV2310?

Vativ Technologies Inc. has announced the commercial availability of VTV2310, the latest addition to the company's family of HDMI receiver chips for digital TV applications.

Touted to be an industry first, the new device supports three independent HDMI inputs and a selectable single decoded output in a 24bit digital video format. There is a growing market need for supporting multiple HDMI inputs on a digital TV due to the increasing number of high-bandwidth digital video sources such as HD-DVD players, Blu-ray DVD players, HD-DVD recorders, HD STBs, gaming consoles, and HD-camcorders. The device is thus suited for viewing content from multiple HDMI capable devices and is an efficient solution for such applications, said Vativ.

The new chip includes a patent-pending DSP-based adaptive equalizer. According to Vativ, this advanced DSP technology provides unsurpassed HDMI receiver performance by recovering TMDS data error-free even at a cable attenuation of 40dB at 800MHz. This enables the use of HDMI cables up to 50m in length while simultaneously lowering the cost of such HDMI cables. In addition, the device promises to reduce the likelihood of field returns due to cabling problems. It also provides a very flexible digital TV design by allowing the three independent HDMI inputs to be located anywhere in the TV set, including the front panel of the TV cabinet, the company said.

The device supports all display modes including 1080p, which allows it to accept HD content and transfer it to a TV equipped with an HD display. It is fully compliant to the HDMI 1.2a standard and incorporates on-chip HDCP decryption engine with factory programmed keys. It consumes a maximum power of 1.5W at the highest pixel rate and is available in a 15-by-15mm BGA package. A kit consisting of an evaluation board and simple PC based control software is available to enable TV manufacturers to rapidly and easily integrate the chip into their designs.

VTV2310 IC samples and evaluation kits are already available with volume production slated for Q3 2006. Pricing is available from Vativ Technologies.

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