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Companies Intro Extension to DVI 1.0 Standard

Digital interconnect technology to be used in consumer electronics such as DVD players, HDTV and digital set-top boxes (September 20, 2001)
Broadcom, Genesis Microchip and Texas Instruments (TI) today introduced a cross-platform digital interconnect standard for the consumer electronics industry. An extension of the Digital Visual Interface (DVI) 1.0, this new standard encompasses the necessary requirements for a digital interconnect technology used in a variety of consumer electronics such as DVD players, high-definition television (HDTV) and digital set-top boxes.

The consumer electronics extension maintains backward compatibility with the current DVI 1.0 standard and is designed for a wider range of use by allowing both digital video and audio transmission over the same cable while permitting the use of cost-efficient connectors.

"This consumer electronic extension of DVI 1.0 will satisfy the industry's need for a standard that meets all the technical and cost requirements of a digital interconnect technology, while ensuring interoperability and ease of consumer use," said Rich Nelson, Senior Director of Broadcom's Broadband Communication Business Unit. "In addition, by maintaining backward compatibility with an existing technology, this DVI 1.0 extension enables new applications while building on a large base of existing legacy designs."

The key features of the new standard create the pathway for a pure audio/visual experience for the consumer. For digital video, it has the necessary bandwidth for HDTV resolutions and beyond. At the same time, its audio capabilities allow for the highest quality available today.

"TI believes that the open specification will increase supply options for manufacturers wanting to use this new DVI technology, and will help to decrease risk and system costs as well," said CC Chen, Director of Display Processing Technologies, TI.

To encourage widespread adoption of the standard, the companies believe that the consumer electronic extension of DVI 1.0 should be royalty-free. The extension was already released to the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG) and the companies are planning to make presentations to the Consumer Electronics Association, DVD Forum and other key consumer electronic trade organizations. Broadcom, Genesis Microchip and TI feel the extension proposal will unify the industry behind one, technically superior, secure, easy-to-use digital interface system.

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