Monday, November 12, 2007

HDMI goes mobile

Silicon Image, Inc. has lowered power consumption on its latest HDMI transmitters, the SiI9022 and the SiI9024, designed for mobile devices such as digital cameras, portable media players, camcorders and mobile phones. The 85 MHz and 165 MHz parts can support resolution up to 720p and 1080i, consuming 50 mW for 720p/1080i and 80 mW for 1080p. The transmitters also reduce cost by integrating some controller functions. The chips are priced at $4.15-$4.84.

Back at CES in January, top computer makers such as Dell, HP and Intel threw their weight behind DisplayPort as the next-gen digital display interconnect with content protection. That left the world of TVs and other CE devices to HDMI.

With this move, the HDMI camp could extend its reach to tens if not ultimately hundreds of millions of new devices, but I don't expect it to help them make in-roads into notebooks and desktops. By the way, It's been nearly a year…so where are those DisplayPort chips and systems using them?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

2560 x 1600 monster LCD from Samsung to arrive in the second quarter of 2008.Via X-bit Labs

Samsung Electronics, a top maker of consumer electronics as well as computer devices and peripherals, has introduced the world’s first monitor that uses DisplayPort interconnection with a personal computer (PC). Usage of a new interface significantly simplified the design of the display, the company noted. Samsung’s first DisplayPort-enabled monitor will be 30” in diagonal, supporting 2560x1600 resolution and will feature S-PVA panel. Other specs were not available at press time.

The DisplayPort is designed to enable a common interface approach across both internal and external display connections. Internal connections include display interfaces within a notebook PC or within an LCD display. External display connections include the interface between a source device such as a desktop PC, set-top box, DVD player or game console, and a display device such as a direct view flat panel or projection display for viewing video and graphics. The DisplayPort standard will also include an optional digital audio capability allowing streaming of high definition digital audio-video content over the interface, and provides performance scalability to enable the next generation of displays featuring higher color depths, refresh rates, and display resolutions.