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January 09, 2013

HDplay Transceiver IC Offers HDMI, DisplayPort and MHL Connectivity

As the 2013 International CES show in Las Vegas is currently underway, semiconductor supplier TranSwitch (News - Alert) Corp. unveiled its new HDplay transceiver at the exciting event. The IC provides HDMI, DisplayPort, and MHL connectivity in a single IC to support new market trends for HDTVs and pico projectors. According to TranSwitch, HDplay transceiver ICs represent the industry’s only solutions to provide HDMI, DisplayPort, and MHL connectivity in a single chip.

MHL is a video interface standard that is optimized for smartphones, tablets, and other portable consumer electronics. A recent report by DisplaySearch shows that the global HDTV market will grow from 245 million units in 2012 to over 275 million units in 2016.  

Pico projectors represent a new generation of devices designed to project video content onto a wall or screen. According to a seperate report by Pacific Media Associates, the emerging pico projector market is expected to grow from three million units in 2011 to 58 million units in 2015.In addition, many HDTVs and pico projectors are expected to add MHL video interface, which is optimized for mobile devices, in addition to HDMI and DisplayPort.

According to the MHL consortium, there are over 100 global licensees of the standard, including TranSwitch, which is helping to drive adoption of MHL in multimedia products.

In a statement, Amir Bar-Niv, senior vice president and general manager of the High Speed Interconnect Business at TranSwitch commented, “Working closely with leading OEMs and ODMs, TranSwitch is adding mobile connectivity support to its HDplay product portfolio to address new market trends driving the performance, cost, and functionality requirements of next-generation HDTVs and pico projectors.”

“As the industry’s only single-IC to combine HDMI, DisplayPort, and MHL connectivity standards, our new HDplay transceivers address the needs of leading customers to offer smartphone and tablet connectivity in their products, while reducing design complexity, minimizing cost, and maintaining performance up to 4K x 2K resolutions,” added Bar-Niv.

HDplay transceivers leverage the company’s unique MHDP technology to serve as an attractive solution for HDTV and pico projector manufacturers that wish to add MHL-enabled mobile connectivity to their devices.

Samples of the TXC-44151 and TXC-44155 will be available early in the second quarter.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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