Silicon Image intros IP Cores for HDMI family

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CALIFORNIA, USA: Silicon Image, Inc., a provider in semiconductors, recently announced that it is expanding its market-leading family of HDMI semiconductor intellectual property (IP) cores to include transmitter and receiver IP cores that incorporate features of the recently announced HDMI Specification Version 1.4.


The new IP cores would support 3D over HDMI, HDMI Ethernet Channel, as well as Audio Return Channel capabilities to offer an enhanced entertainment experience that brings 3D functionality to the home theatre and simplifies device connectivity, said a press release.

Adding HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality allows manufacturers to consolidate the transmission of HD video, audio, data and control into a single HDMI cable for high-speed, bi-directional communication.

An HDMI Ethernet Channel-enabled device can send and receive data via 100 Mbps Ethernet over an HDMI cable by utilizing the Silicon Image IP core and the customer’s own Ethernet transceiver.


The Audio Return Channel enables a TV to send audio streams to an HDMI attached audio/video receiver for audio processing and playback from the speaker system.

Silicon Image transmitter and receiver IP cores incorporating HDMI 1.4 features are also backward compatible with HDMI 1.3 and previous versions of the HDMI specification.

The IP cores support full 48-bit Deep Color (16 bits per pixel), an HDMI 1.3 feature anticipated for use in high-end audio/video receiver and Blu-ray Disc player applications for rendering trillions of colors in stunning detail, the release added.

“With the introduction of the new IP cores, Silicon Image continues to demonstrate its HDMI technology leadership,” said Ron Richter, director of business development at Silicon Image, Inc.

He added that the new HDMI 1.4 features such as 3D over HDMI and HDMI Ethernet Channel have the potential to significantly transform consumer electronics by enabling exceptional connectivity for new personal entertainment technologies like LiquidHD for home theatre applications.