News announcement from Intel Developer Forum, Palm Springs, CA. - February 15 & 16, 2000


DVI Gains Momentum On All Fronts as Chrontel, InFocus, Silicon Image, Texas Instruments, THine Announce New DVI-based Products

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Feb. 16, 2000 -- The Digital Display Working Group (DDWG) demonstrated continued momentum today for its Digital Visual Interface (DVI) specification as several manufacturers announced the next wave of DVI-compliant products at the Intel Developer Forum.

The specification, which addresses industry requirements for digital connectivity for digital displays and high-performance PCs, replaces analog functions on the motherboard while enhancing the user's visual experience.

"The growing number of suppliers supporting DVI shows strong support along all major technology fronts critical to widespread adoption of the DVI specification," said Mark Waring, Intel DVI strategic initiatives manager and administrator for the DDWG.

Digital Visual Interface is an open industry specification introduced by the DDWG, which enables high-performance, robust interfacing solutions for high-resolution digital displays. DVI addresses the issues of replacing legacy analog technology, such as VGA, with digital technology. This enhances the user's visual experience over LCD or analog CRTs. The interface is based on TMDSÒ (Transition Minimized Differential Signaling) technology, a registered trademark of Silicon Image, Inc., and is used in flat panel, CRTs and projectors.

Manufacturers are on board from every technology front integral to the success the DVI specification, including silicon, connector/cable, PC and display technologies. For example, new silicon products are being introduced by Chrontel Inc., Silicon Image, Texas Instruments and THine Electronics. DVI connector solutions are now available from Foxconn, JAE and Molex. Plus, leading PC, display and projector OEMs are each introducing new DVI products with products shipping or sampling from Dell, Fujitsu and IBM.

"Texas Instruments is excited about the acceptance of DVI among PC OEMs, motherboard, graphics board, LCD monitor, digital CRT and digital projector manufacturers," said Gregory B. Davis, worldwide PanelBus* marketing manager for TI. "This acceptance, combined with our existing leadership in the DSP, LCD panel and LVDS silicon areas, provided compelling motivation to launch the PanelBus product line targeted to end-to-end DVI solutions."

THine Electronics Inc. of Japan, a leading mixed signal silicon provider, has introduced DVI 1.0-compliant silicon transmitters and receivers. The company is demonstrating two DVI-based systems in the DDWG suite at the IDF Demo Showcase. The THine demos include DVI transmitters, DVI cable and DVI evaluation boards, which include graphics cards with dual DVI-compliant outputs. Volume production of their DVI-based silicon transmitters and receivers is expected to start this spring.

Also at IDF, Chrontel announced three new additions to its PC to TV encoder family. One of the featured products, the Chrontel CH7009*, is a multifunction display controller device that features both a TMDS link at a pixel rate of up to 165 MHz and a VGA to TV encoder supporting NTSC and PAL standards with composite, s-video and RGB output formats.

The DVI specification is based on technology developed by DDWG member Silicon Image. "We have received tremendous market response to our DVI-compliant PanelLink® product family. We are pleased to see several suppliers come into the market, adding market momentum to DVI and the industry's transition to digital," said Steve Tirado, executive vice president of marketing at Silicon Image. "Major CRT manufacturers have embraced our receiver chip, while our flat panel monitor controller chips and transmitter chips are both gaining recognition and design wins in their respective markets."

Major PC OEMs are continuing to ramp DVI-based systems, including recent product introductions by Dell and Fujitsu, according to Waring. "Not only has DVI gained acceptance as the digital interface solution for the PC market, but it is also starting to expand into new markets. The first production digital CRT displays incorporating DVI will begin shipping in the next 30 to 60 days," he said. Specifically, ViewSonic, a leading display manufacturer, has announced advanced digital CRT displays incorporating DVI. While InFocus, a leading data/video projection products manufacturer, has also introduced plans to implement InFocus Digital Connect*, based on DVI, in all its projectors under development.

About the Digital Display Working Group

The DDWG is an open industry group led by Compaq, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, NEC and Silicon Image. The DDWG was kicked off at the 1998 Fall IDF and now has more than 100 members. Since that time the DVI 1.0 specification was completed with more than 15 display, PC OEM, silicon and connector manufacturers announcing and/or demoing DVI-compliant products at the 1999 Fall IDF. More than 50 companies have incorporated the interface into its products and future product plans. More information on the DDWG and DVI 1.0 specification can be obtained at

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