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Silicon Image adds support for 3D in home networks

Thu, 07/23/2009 - 8:30am
Brian Santo

Silicon Image said it now has available silicon designs implementing the latest version of HDMI. Manufacturers of consumer electronics can incorporate the silicon in their products to enable 3D HD video. 

Silicon Image expanded its family of HDMI products to include transmitter and receiver intellectual property (IP) cores that incorporate features of the recently announced HDMI Specification Version 1.4. The new cores will support 3D over HDMI and HDMI Ethernet Channel, as well as Audio Return Channel capabilities.

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 company said.

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’s director of business development Ron Richter said: “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.”

Silicon Image’s LiquidHD technology is a suite of protocols designed to quickly and easily connect TVs, consumer electronics devices, personal computers, portable media devices and home theaters into a network. It runs over standard IP networks such as those that include HDMI Ethernet Channel functionality. LiquidHD supports multiple protocols including Ethernet, MoCA, Wi-Fi and HomePlug.

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