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NXP Enhances HDTV Viewing With Worlds First Quad-Input HDMI 1.3 Receiver

Integrated Chip Eliminates Need for External Switch, Speeds Up TV Design, Reduces Costs

NXP, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, today introduced a new HDMI 1.3 receiver chip, the TDA19978HL, which improves the audio and video performances and lowers the costs of high-definition (HD) audio/video receivers. The TDA19978HL is industry’s first HDMI 1.3 receiver with four inputs, eliminating the need for an external HDMI switch, reducing overall system cost and design cycles, enabling faster time-to-market while meeting the Industry’s demanding performance and application requirements for HDTV viewing.

NXP’s new HDMI1.3 receiver was especially designed to improve the quality of audio-video streaming on an HDTV, by combining 12-bit Deep Color and Extended Gamut to render rich life-like colors, as well as High Bit Rate (HBR) and Direct Stream Transport audio formats. The TDA19978 also reduces the overall cost of an HDTV by embedding EDID memory for each of the four independent HDMI inputs.

“The TDA19978 HDMI1.3 receiver demonstrates NXP’s commitment to make a high-quality viewing experience more affordable and easily integrated across high-end TV sets,” said Guy Ducos, VP & General Manager TV Front End & Media Interfaces NXP Semiconductors. “Building on NXP’s heritage in TV systems, the new HDMI receiver enables our customers to offer more functionality and HD quality in a smaller package with reduced bill-of-materials, feeding into the growing demand for HDTV.”

With a maximum link frequency of 2.3GHz, NXP’s TDA19978 quad-input HDMI1.3 receiver supports all HDTV formats, like the 1080p/60Hz TV and the UXGA (1600×1200) at 60Hz PC display resolutions. The TDA19978 comes in a small, low pin count HLQFP144 package with three levels of power management for optimum power saving, as well as optional software drivers.

Availability
NXP’s TDA19978, the world’s first quad-input HDMI1.3 receiver, will be demonstrated at its booth (Hall 1.1, Booth 213) at IFA 2007 in Berlin, Germany from August 31 – September 05.

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About NXP Semiconductors
NXP is a top 10 semiconductor company founded by Philips more than 50 years ago. Headquartered in Europe, the company has 37,000 employees working in more than 20 countries and posted sales of EUR 5 billion in 2006. NXP creates semiconductors, system solutions and software that deliver better sensory experiences in mobile phones, personal media players, TVs, set-top boxes, identification applications, cars and a wide range of other electronic devices. News from NXP is located at http://www.nxp.com.

Nexperia is a trademark of NXP. All other brands or product names are property of their respective holders.

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