Silicon Image Delivers New HDMI 1.3 Receiver Chips for HDTVs and Audio/Video Receivers


Two New VastLane(TM) HDMI 1.3 Receivers Deliver the Ultimate Home Theater Experience Backed by Comprehensive Interoperability Testing Through Simplay Labs(TM)

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 // -- Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIMG), a leader in semiconductors for the secure storage, distribution and presentation of high-definition content, today unveiled two new High Definition Multimedia Interface(TM) (HDMI(TM)) 1.3 receiver integrated circuits at the 2007 International CES. The VastLane(TM) SiI9135 is designed for use in audio/video (A/V) receivers, and is the first HDMI receiver to support High Bit Rate (HBR) audio. The VastLane SiI9125, designed for use in high-definition televisions (HDTVs), is an advanced, dual input HDMI receiver that fits directly into HDTVs, offering manufacturers an easy-to-implement, drop-in upgrade to add HDMI 1.3 capabilities to their full range of HDTVs.

Designed for high-definition (HD) digital A/V receivers, the SiI9135 supports the latest HD audio formats, allowing customers to experience the ultimate surround sound experience. The new support for HBR audio enables A/V receivers to play back compressed lossless audio formats such as Dolby(R) True HD and DTS-HD to deliver a rich digital video and audio experience. To give consumers an end-to-end HDMI 1.3 solution, manufactures can pair the SiI9135 with the recently announced SiI9134 transmitter chip. The SiI9134 integrates into HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc DVD players and recorders to transmit Deep Color(TM) content for the highest-quality image for the end consumer. The SiI9134 also supports up to 1080p resolution at 60Hz and 12-bit color depth.

The SiI9125 receiver will enable HDTVs to display Deep Color content transmitted by a new generation of consumer products, such as the Sony PlayStation 3 and high-definition DVD players. It supports HDMI 1.3 and provides HDTV manufacturers with a cost effective means of implementing dual HDMI inputs for simultaneous connection of multiple HDMI source devices, such as a DVD player and a set-top box to a DTV. This enables HDTVs to display Deep Color content in billions of colors with unprecedented vividness and accuracy. The built-in High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) decryption engine secures the digital link for transmission of valuable high-definition video and audio. SiI9125 supports both Super Audio-CD and DVD Audio, including 7.1-surround audio at 192 kilohertz (kHz) and stereo audio at 192kHz.

"With the growing availability of premium HD content coupled with the proliferation of HDMI for secure digital content delivery, the HD experience is now becoming mainstream," said Waheed Rasheed, product marketing manager of consumer electronics products at Silicon Image. "Our new HDMI 1.3 receivers give consumer electronic manufacturers the most advanced version of HDMI with its proven High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection, allowing consumers to enjoy the richest home theater experience."

The SiI9135 and SiI9125 support 10-bit and 12-bit color depths (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr), up from the 8-bit color depths displayed in the current generation of HDTVs.

Silicon Image offers one of the most robust and comprehensively tested technology platforms in the consumer electronics industry. Silicon Image's experience associated with shipping more than 100 million HDMI/HDCP and DVI/HDCP semiconductor solutions helps to significantly improve cross product interoperability. Silicon Image implements HDCP using its own copyrighted firmware stack, and performs a triple validation process in the programming of its HDCP keys to prevent duplicate key programming, selective authentication problems and corruptions. This validation, complemented by one of the most advanced and thorough testing programs through Simplay Labs, allows OEM's to virtually eliminate issues with cross platform compatibility.

The Simplay HD Testing Program has verified the SiI9125 and the SiI9135 for HDMI 1.3 compatibility. The Simplay Program provides compatibility testing for high definition (HD) consumer electronics devices such as HDTVs, set-top boxes, audio/video (A/V) receivers and DVD players, helping manufacturers to achieve compatibility and deliver the highest-quality HDTV experience to consumers.

Pricing and Availability

The SiI9135 receiver is available immediately and is priced at $12.00 for 10k quantities. The SiI9125 is priced at $8.00 for 10k quantities. Please contact a Silicon Image sales representative for a detailed price quote.

About Silicon Image, Inc.

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Silicon Image, Inc. is a leader in driving the architecture and semiconductor implementations for the secure storage, distribution and presentation of high-definition content in the consumer electronics and personal computing markets. Silicon Image creates and drives industry standards for digital content delivery such as DVI, HDMI(TM) and Serial ATA (SATA), leveraging partnerships with global leaders in the consumer electronics and personal computing markets to meet the growing digital content needs of consumers worldwide. With a proven track record of improving cross-product interoperability, Silicon Image has shipped more than 100 million HDMI/HDCP and DVI/HDCP semiconductor solutions and offers one of the most robust and comprehensively tested technology platforms in the consumer electronics industry through its Simplay Labs' Simplay HD(TM) Testing Program. Simplay Labs, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, is a leading provider of testing technologies, tools and services for high- definition consumer electronics devices such as HDTVs, set-top boxes, audio/video receivers and DVD players, helping manufacturers to achieve compatibility and deliver the highest-quality HDTV experience to consumers. Silicon Image is the leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property solutions for high-definition multimedia and data storage applications. For more information, please visit www.siliconimage.com.

NOTE: Silicon Image and Simplay HD are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Silicon Image, Inc. in the United States and other countries. HDMI(TM) and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing, LLC in the United States and other countries, and are used under license from HDMI Licensing, LLC. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Source: Silicon Image, Inc.

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