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ViaPort technology enhances HDMI output, DTV connectivity

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HDCP repeater? Mobile High-Definition Link?

HD connectivity solutions provider, Silicon Image, has announced its ViaPort technology for DTV connectivity, improving DTV performance and usability in home theater applications. ViaPort technology adds an HDMI output with integrated HDCP repeater support to the DTV, allowing the user to add an HDMI sound bar or Audio Video Receiver (AVR) downstream from the DTV in a simplified manner. The resulting HDMI output from the DTV to the external audio device enables a remarkable quality of surround sound, full Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) functionality, and access to the latest DTV technology features delivered through Silicon Image port processors.

Many top-line TV features such as MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) connectivity and HDMI 1.4 innovations such as 4k display resolution, 3D, Audio Return Channel, and HDMI Ethernet Channel, may be unusable with an older AVR. Meanwhile AVRs and sound bars remain a valuable part of the home entertainment system, providing the high quality audio that DTVs are now too thin to effectively provide.

Additionally, Silicon Image ViaPort technology enables consistent merchandising of DTVs in a retail environment. Multiple DTVs or up to eight devices can be daisy-chained to each other, all connected to a single source device, thus eliminating the need for signal splitters and distribution boxes (especially useful when HDCP-protected content is displayed).

Starting in early 2011, Silicon Image ViaPort technology will be incorporated into the company�s line-up of HDMI port processors.

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