Press Release Summary:
PanelLink(TM) Sil(TM) 1171(TM) receiver and Sil(TM) 1172(TM) transmitter are fully compliant with DVI throughout defined single-link bandwidth range of 25-165 MHz. They support high-resolution 2048 x 1536 QXGA displays in single-link digital interface. Transmitter and receiver also support UXGA displays at 75 Hz refresh rate, QXGA displays at 60 Hz, and WQXGA displays at 50 Hz. Sil 1171 receiver simplifies monitor and projector printed circuit board layout.
Original Press Release:
Silicon Image Leverages DVI Technology to Break 165 MHz Bandwidth Barrier with New 225 MHz PanelLink Transmitter and Receiver
New Chips Support QXGA Displays With a Single-Link Interface While Significantly Reducing Cost
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 18, 2003 - Silicon Image, (Nasdaq: SIMG), a leader in high-bandwidth semiconductor and system solutions for mass markets, today broke the bandwidth barrier with a new Digital Visual Interface (DVI) transmitter and receiver capable of operating at up to 225 MHz in a single-link configuration. The latest additions to Silicon Image's comprehensive Sil 1000(TM) family of DVI solutions, the PanelLink(TM) Sil(TM) 1171(TM) receiver and Sil(TM) 1172(TM) transmitter are fully compliant with DVI throughout its defined single-link bandwidth range of 25-165 MHz. The Sil 1171 receiver and Sil 1172 transmitter support the new breed of high-resolution QXGA (2048 x 1536) displays in a low-cost, single-link digital interface. Going a step further, the Sil 1171 receiver simplifies monitor and projector printed circuit board (PCB) layout, which can significantly reduce the cost of a QXGA display's PCB bill of materials by 25 to 85 percent.
Parviz Khodi, vice president of digital PC/display products at Silicon Image, stated, "Crossing the 165 MHz speed barrier and leaping to 225 MHz shows the scalability and robustness of our industry-leading PanelLink core technology and demonstrates how Silicon Image continues to set new performance standards in this market. This speed increase enables us to support panel resolutions beyond those supported by 165 MHz, covering virtually the entire spectrum of available resolutions. The Sil 1171 receiver and Sil 1172 transmitter enable QXGA display manufacturers to harness all the benefits and display quality of a single-link, all-digital interface."
"As the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, NVIDIA is dedicated to providing its customers with an unsurpassed viewing experience," said Tony Tamasi, general manager of desktop graphics processors at NVIDIA. "High resolution digital displays are clearly the future. NVIDIA is pleased to support Silicon Image's latest generation Sil 1172 transmitter to deliver users the combined benefits of pure digital viewing at the highest possible resolutions."
By requiring fewer chips and less logic, Silicon Image's breakthrough implementation significantly reduces the cost of QXGA displays. Specifically, the company believes it can reduce the PCB bill of materials from approximately 20-35 percent of total monitor cost to only five percent.
Ross Young, president of market research firm DisplaySearch, noted, "Silicon Image continues to demonstrate its leadership with innovative DVI solutions, and the new PanelLink receiver and transmitter capable of operating at 225 MHz are no exception. By increasing the single-link speed to 225 MHz and simplifying PCB design, Silicon Image has dramatically lowered the cost of emerging high-resolution QXGA monitors, while enabling displays to operate at previously unheard of resolutions with a single-link configuration."
The Sil 1171 receiver and Sil 1172 transmitter also support UXGA displays at a 75 Hz refresh rate, QXGA displays at 60 Hz and WQXGA displays at 50 Hz, resolutions that were until now not supported by a single-link architecture. Furthermore, support for a QXGA single link should make digital CRTs with a digital interface a more attractive option for OEMs. At QXGA speeds, a digital signal is technically much cleaner than an analog signal, which can translate to better image quality on a digital CRT than an analog CRT. Additionally, as LCD monitors continue to gain market share at the expense of CRTs, CRT manufacturers may look to add extra features such as DVI to make their offerings more competitive in terms of feature sets.
Silicon Image will continue to provide dual-link solutions such as the Sil 163B receiver and Sil 178 transmitter for applications requiring speeds greater than 225 MHz. By boosting the single-link bandwidth to 225 MHz, the Sil 1171 receiver and Sil 1172 transmitter extend the maximum dual-link speed to 450 MHz for future, higher-resolution displays.
The Sil 1171 receiver is packaged as a 100-pin TQFP and priced at $9.65 in 10K quantities. Samples are scheduled to be available in Q3, with volume production slated for Q4. Priced at $5.85 in 10K quantities, the Sil 1172 transmitter is packaged as a 48-pin TSSOP. Samples are scheduled for availability in Q3, with volume production slated for Q4.
About Silicon Image
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Silicon Image, Inc. designs, develops and markets multi-gigabit semiconductor and system solutions for a variety of communications applications demanding higlh-bandwidth capability. With its proprietary Multi-layer Serial Link (MSLTM) architecture, Silicon Image is well positioned for leadership in multiple mass markets including PCs, consumer electronics, storage and networking. Currently, Silicon Image leads the global PC/display arena with its innovative digital interconnect technology, and is now
emerging as a leading player in the storage industry-offering robust, high-bandwidth semiconductors and systems. For more information on Silicon Image, visit www.siliconimage.com
Cathy Caplener (market analysts)
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