Feature-Packed Port Processors Include Integrated 300MHz Support, Multiple MHL™ Inputs, InstaPort™ S Technology for Single-Second Port Switching, HDMI ® ARC, and On-Screen Display (OSD) Engine
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 3, 2011 — Silicon Image (NASDAQ: SIMG), a leading provider of wireless and wired HD connectivity solutions, today announced two new port processors, the SiI9573 and SiI9575, that deliver a fully integrated HDMI® solution for audio/video receiver (AVR) and DTV applications. These new products include advanced industry-first features that are expected to transform and simplify the consumer’s home theater experience, including:
- Six HDMI inputs with InstaPort™ S technology for single-second port switching
- Full 6x2 ViaPort Matrix Switch to support multi-zone applications
- 300MHz HDMI to support 4Kx2K, 1080p120, and 1080p60 3D
- InstaPrevue™ technology on six inputs for intuitive visual port switching
- Dual MHL™ input ports for HD content input from smartphones and tablets
“The SiI9573 and SiI9575 port processors continue Silicon Image’s tradition of being first-to-market with the latest connectivity innovations that go above-and-beyond the standard,” said Alex Chervet, senior director of marketing at Silicon Image, Inc. “InstaPort, InstaPrevue, ARC, MHL, and ViaPort Matrix Switch allow our customers to deliver top-notch products that drive new levels of consumer satisfaction. Additionally, the SiI9573 and SiI9575 port processors include 300MHz HDMI to support higher resolution cinema-quality displays supporting both 4Kx2K and 1080p60 3D resolutions.”
The fully integrated 6x2 ViaPort Matrix Switch in the SiI9575 enables AVRs to distribute high-definition A/V content to a second DTV or HD projector – a feature previously relegated to only the most expensive AVRs due to implementation costs.
Now, consumers can independently select two of the six HDMI inputs for two separate zones in the home. A parallel digital video input enables conversion of analog video to HDMI allowing the Matrix Switch feature to be used with analog video sources as well the six HDMI inputs.
In addition to InstaPort S technology, the SiI9573 and SiI9575 both include the recently announced InstaPrevue technology, which provides the first-ever, live picture-in-picture preview of every HDMI input connected to a DTV or AVR.
A built-in On Screen Display (OSD) provides text menus and simple graphics along with InstaPrevue making it easier and more cost-effective than ever to build a complete user interface.
Two MHL ports are also included for connectivity to mobile devices. MHL technology is a rapidly growing HD audio/video connectivity standard that enables a mobile device to transmit 1080p uncompressed video with up to eight channels of digital audio over five pins, while also supporting HDCP content protection. MHL-enabled TVs and AVRs, such as those based on the SiI9573 and SiI9575, provide power to the mobile device when connected, ensuring that the phone battery is charged and ready to use even after viewing a full-length feature movie. Consumers are also able to control MHL-enabled mobile devices using the existing TV or AVR remote.
For AVR and home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) designs, the SiI9573 and SiI9575 provide 7.1 audio extraction including high bit rate audio formats such as Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™.
For DTV designs, the SiI9573 and SiI9575 support the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) as well as Silicon Image’s ViaPort technology for high bit rate TV audio output. ViaPort-enabled TVs greatly simplify home theater installation by allowing the TV to act as the main connectivity hub that provides a single high bit rate output to the AVR.
All-in-all, the SiI9573 and SiI9575 represent the world’s most highly integrated port processors with a plethora of new, leading-edge features that are expected to transform the way AVRs and TVs operate.
The SiI9573 and SiI9575 port processors with InstaPrevue and ViaPort Matrix Switch technologies are sampling to customers now, and will be showcased at Silicon Image’s demo suite in the APA Hotel & Resort during CEATEC Japan 2011, Oct. 4-7, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan.
About Silicon Image, Inc.
Silicon Image is a leading provider of wireless and wired connectivity solutions that enable the reliable distribution and presentation of high-definition content for consumer electronics, mobile, and PC markets. The company delivers its technology via semiconductor and intellectual property (IP) products that are compliant with global industry standards and also feature industry leading Silicon Image innovations such as InstaPort™, InstaPrevue™ and ViaPort™. Silicon Image’s products are deployed by the world’s leading electronics manufacturers in devices such as desktop and notebook PCs, TVs, Blu-ray Disc™ players, audio-video receivers, as well as mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras. Silicon Image has driven the creation of the highly successful HDMI® and DVI™ industry standards, the latest standards for mobile devices - SPMT™ and MHL™, and the standard for 60GHz wireless HD video – WirelessHD™ (WiHD). Via its wholly-owned subsidiary, Simplay Labs, Silicon Image offers manufacturers comprehensive standards interoperability and compliance testing services. For more information, visit us at http://www.siliconimage.com/.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the availability, performance, functionality, features, and benefits of Silicon Image’s InstaPrevue, InstaPort S, and ViaPort technologies and SiI9573 and SiI9575 Port Processors. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including the risk that Silicon Image’s InstaPrevue, InstaPort S, and ViaPort technologies, and SiI9573 and SiI9575 Port Processors will not perform as anticipated or provide the functionality, features and benefits described in this news release, as well as the risks and uncertainties described from time to time in Silicon Image’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which could cause the actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Silicon Image assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.