Frame Rate Converter IC eliminates motion blur on HDTVs.

Press Release Summary:

Offered in BGA-260 package, FRC 94xyH uses truD®HD motion compensation technology to generate 120 fps from 50/60 Hz broadcast content as well as from 24 fps film sources. It has film de-judder solution for full high-definition (HD) 1,920 x 1,080 digital TVs and processes images at full resolution. Able to work with all types of video source material, IC converts PAL signals to 100 fps and NTSC signals to 120 fps. Intermediate rates of 75 fps and 90 fps are also supported.

Original Press Release:

Micronas Introduces truD® HD for HDTV and Eliminates Motion Blur for Flat Panel TVs with 120 Images Per Second

FREIBURG, Germany, March 17 / -- The latest generation FRC 94xyH high-definition frame rate converter IC from Micronas (SWX Swiss Exchange: MASN) eliminates unpleasant motion blur and film judder on HDTVs. Driven by the need to eliminate the motion blur that limits today's LCD performance, the new truD(R)HD technology is a breakthrough in video processing -- it is the world's first IC that can generate 120 frames per second (fps) from 50/60Hz broadcast content and even from 24 fps film sources. Surpassing other products that are limited to 720p processing resolution, the FRC 94xyH is the first IC that has a film de-judder solution for Full HD 1920x1080 digital TV sets.

Display manufacturers are working on various approaches to overcome the motion blur effect of LCD TVs. The best method is to increase the image rate -- more images give a more realistic portrayal of motion. Leaping ahead of existing technologies, the FRC 94xyH generates 120 images per second, using Micronas' patented truD(R)HD technology. The result is a bright, clear moving image without motion blur on LCD TVs.

De-juddering is the process of converting film, originally shot at 24 fps, to the typical TV display frame rates of 50 or 60 Hz, using motion vector estimation and compensation. Micronas' proprietary truD(R)HD motion compensation technology increases the frame rate by generating additional frames. To achieve the best possible result, Micronas deploys a unique Full HD processing technology: the FRC 94xyH processes images at full resolution. Consequently, the display delivers an image that is a perfect match to the source image. This is relevant for all FP Displays, including Plasma and Rear Projection TVs.

Judder and motion blur are very visible on large screens, such as 32-inch and bigger. The larger and higher quality the screen, the more important it is to have the most realistic picture possible. With its two unique features based on truD(R)HD technology, 120 fps motion-blur elimination for HDTVs and Full HD de-juddering, the FRC 94xyH delivers the best picture performance possible from any video input format. The FRC 94xyH enables TV manufacturers to offer a visible advantage to the consumer.

"truD(R) is a well-proven technology for standard-definition motion compensation and is already in production at several leading television manufacturers," says Patrik Lind, Product Marketing Manager for the truD product line at Micronas. "The new FRC 94xyH matches perfectly to our VGC 5969B Video Graphics Controller with its 120Hz OSD output. This system is the perfect answer for 120Hz LCD HDTVs and 1080p Plasma HDTVs."

The FRC 94xyH works with all types of video source material -- PAL signals are converted to 100 fps and NTSC signals are converted to 120 fps. Intermediate rates of 75 fps and 90 fps are also supported.

The FRC 94xyH comes in a BGA-260 package and is sampling to qualified OEMs now. Production is planned for Q3/2006. Prices for high quantities range from approximately USD 24 to 30, depending on the product version and volume.

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About Micronas

Micronas, a semiconductor designer and manufacturer with worldwide operations, is a leading supplier of cutting-edge IC and sensor system solutions for consumer and automotive electronics. As a market leader in innovative global TV system solutions, Micronas leverages its expertise into new markets emerging through the digitization of audio and video content. Micronas serves all major consumer brands worldwide, many of them in continuous partnerships seeking joint success. While the holding company is headquartered in Zurich (Switzerland), operational headquarters are based in Freiburg (Germany). Currently, the Micronas Group employs about 2000 people. In 2005 it generated CHF 845/USD 676/EUR 545 million in sales. For more information on Micronas and its products, please visit

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