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TOKYO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Renesas Technology Corp. has agreed to license HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) 1 core IP (intellectual property) from Silicon Image, Inc. HDMI has become the standard high-speed digital video and audio interface between consumer electronics devices.
Renesas Technology plans to create new semiconductor products that will enable high-speed transfer of high-definition video data between consumer electronicsdevices such as HDTVs, DVD players, digital camcorders and set-top boxes.
HDMI is an extension of the DVI 2 (Digital Video Interface) digital data transfer standard, which enables transmission of data including higher quality video and audio content. Previous standards for data transfer between consumer electronics devices required the use of separate cables for video, audio and control signals. HDMI allows these signals to be transferred over a single cable with a small, low-cost connector, simplifying wiring connections. In addition, HDMI includes support for HDCP 3 (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), an encryption technology for safeguarding copyright material by preventing unauthorized copying. The copy protection capability is expected to contribute to a steady expansion in the distribution of high-definition video content such as movies. As more and more multimedia devices are now equipped with HDMI connectors, manufacturers of semiconductor devices are seeing a growing demand for semiconductor products supporting HDMI.
Renesas Technology plans to begin introducing HDMI-compliant semiconductor products for high-definition video applications such as DVD players and recorders, digital TV sets, and digital still cameras in late 2005. The first product will be a digital TV chip incorporating the HDMI receiver and will be sampling in the first quarter of 2006. In addition to expanding its line of semiconductor products with HDMI functionality, Renesas Technology assists customers implementing designs incorporating high-speed digital communications through Renesas Technology's comprehensive field application support.