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PHY IP solution eases HDMI 1.4 integration

Posted: 01 Feb 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HDMI? PHY IP? digital controller?

Synopsys Inc. has launched the high-quality DesignWare HDMI 1.4 transmitter (Tx) and receiver (Rx) digital controllers and PHY IP solutions that are compliant to the standard specification. With full support for new features of the HDMI 1.4 specification including HEAC, 3D formats, real-time content signaling, 4K x 2K resolution and 10.2Gbit/s aggregate bandwidth, the DesignWare HDMI IP enables designers to quickly incorporate differentiated functionality into their DTV and home theater applications with less risk and improved time-to-market.

With designers incorporating networking capabilities in next-generation home entertainment devices, the HEAC block in the DesignWare HDMI 1.4 solution helps simplify the connectivity between Internet-enabled digital home devices by enabling the transfer of Ethernet and audio frames through a single HDMI cable. The DesignWare IP for HDMI 1.4 also incorporates all 3D formats, which allows device manufacturers to heighten the viewing experience by supporting 3D techniques such as full side-by-side, half side-by-side and frame alternative. The real-time content signaling capability enables televisions to automatically optimize the picture setting with no user intervention. Support for 4K x 2K resolution delivers up to four times the resolution of 1080p, providing the same resolution as state-of-the-art digital cinema systems.

"With a strong focus on innovation, DisplayLink continues to incorporate the latest technologies into our leading network display products," said Jonathan Jeacocke, vice president of engineering at DisplayLink. "When we wanted to incorporate HDMI IP into our SoC, we turned to Synopsys to provide us with a silicon-proven IP solution that had all the required features. We knew that Synopsys, a trusted IP vendor, would be there to not only provide us with a high-quality product, but also the expert technical support if and when we needed it."

The DesignWare HDMI IP solution includes a comprehensive set of IP deliverables including baseline software drivers for system development, which help designers quickly embed this complex interface into next-generation multimedia SoCs.

The solution is also compliant with HDMI and HDCP specifications with certification from the NXP HDMI authorized testing center and successful interoperability results from HDCP plugfest events. It also provides analog front end that supports up to 20 foot category 2-certified HDMI cables, while maintaining high performance.

In addition, the digital controllers delivered in configurable RTL allow designers to optimize gate count and power consumption by choosing only the features required in their application. The PHY also offers low power consumption and small die area. It also packs optional features such as HDCP encryption engine, audio formats, audio DMA engine and system-bus interfaces, which help ease the integration effort. The solution includes system validation based on the Synopsys Confirma HAPS-51 rapid prototyping platform.

"HDMI is a rapidly evolving standard that continues to revolutionize digital home theater systems and other portable multimedia devices," said John Koeter, VP of marketing for the solutions group at Synopsys. "Synopsys' DesignWare HDMI IP solutions have been adopted by major OEMs, semiconductor companies, IDMs and foundries worldwide. The availability of the DesignWare HDMI 1.4 digital controller and PHY IP further enables SoC designers and system integrators to introduce the latest features to the market rapidly and with less risk."

The DesignWare HDMI 1.4 Tx and Rx IP solution is available now. The HDMI PHY IP is available in more than 10 process technologies from 90- to 40nm, and from leading foundries.

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