Silicon Image Transmitter Chips Named ’Ultimate Products’ by EE Times and EEProductcenter.com
Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIMG), a leader in semiconductors for the secure storage, distribution and presentation of high-definition content, received an “Ultimate Products” recognition in the EE Times and eeProductCenter.com Ultimate Products 3.4 competition for its VastLane™ SiI1392-3 and VastLane SiI1932-3 340 MHz High-Definition Multimedia Interface™ (HDMI™) transmitter chips.
eeProductCenter.com said, “Widespread adoption of HDMI is taking hold in the worldwide PC market with industry-leading PC makers and component manufacturers designing their products to include HDMI interfaces. As the PC continues to evolve into a media center, PC platforms such as motherboards with integrated graphics chipsets, notebook PCs and discrete graphics cards will require connectivity to HDTVs and must include high definition and multimedia capabilities.”
The Ultimate Products awards decision began when editors from EE Times and eeProductCenter.com chose ten products that they believe were of the greatest importance during the fourth quarter of 2007. After the editors made their final choices, select readers were allowed to vote on their top choices via electronic ballot. The decision was made based on the usability and impact of each product named to the Ultimate Products category.
The VastLane SiI1392-3 and VastLane SiI1932-3 chips enable PC makers to use a single digital transmitter to connect to the large and rapidly growing installed base of PC monitors with Digital Visual Interface (DVI) inputs and HDTVs with HDMI inputs, along with a growing number of PC monitors incorporating HDMI. Major producers of PC monitors have introduced low-cost HDMI monitors to respond to the recent surge of PCs with HDMI outputs. ViewSonic Corporation has introduced two LCD monitors with HDMI inputs to provide clear, crisp high-definition images for enjoying diverse digital entertainment including Internet Protocol Television, movies and digital photos. LG Electronics offers a 24-inch LCD monitor with an HDMI input that is certified for use with Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system. Another manufacturer, BenQ, has introduced four new widescreen LCD gaming monitors with HDMI connections.
These transmitters handle a broad range of PC applications ranging from corporate desktop PCs to home media PCs and notebook PCs to retail graphics cards. According to market research firm In-Stat, the estimated installed base of PC monitors with DVI inputs will reach 106 million this year, and the estimated installed base of HDTVs with HDMI inputs will reach 44 million this year. In-Stat also projects that an estimated 130 million HDMI-enabled devices of all types will be shipped in 2007.
“These products allow PC users to have a fast, cost-effective way to be universally connected to DVI and HDMI monitors and TVs,” said Dale Zimmerman, vice president of worldwide marketing at Silicon Image. “Through the use of VastLane SiI1392-3 and VastLane SiI1932-3 chips, Silicon Image is helping PC manufacturers to deliver HDMI functionality to their customer base.”
In addition to adding unprecedented high-bandwidth performance, the new transmitters enable system-level cost reduction compared to currently available HDMI solutions by integrating functions that normally require a discrete microcontroller in addition to the discrete transmitters.
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