Analog pixels deliver the display

Pixelworks and Analog Devices will combine Analog Devices’ display interface technology with Pixelworks’ system-on-a-chip ImageProcessors.

Analog Devices will supply both a triple analog-to-digital converter and compatible TMDS digital receiver interfaces supporting displays with resolution up to SXGA. The TMDS receiver is compliant with the Digital Visual Interface (DVI) 1.0 open standard. In addition, the new IC will provide High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).

By combining the technologies, the resulting single chip will contain all of the functions needed to operate an LCD monitor, including scaling technology, OSD Controller, on-board microprocessor, PLLs and digital and analog receivers.

The ImageProcessor ICs using the Analog Devices core are anticipated to be available in 2001.

This agreement furthers the relationship between Analog Devices and Pixelworks. The two companies have been developing joint reference designs for advanced display products for more than three years. In January 2000, Analog Devices participated in Pixelworks’ Series D financing to cement their strategic relationship.

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