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September 30, 2009

IDT Debuts PanelPort LinkXtend Solution

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

A new PanelPort LinkXtend solution from IDT has been introduced to offer unlimited extensions from PCs and mobile devices to remote monitors. The PanelPort LinkXtend can also be implemented on a PC board to repair long trace routing signal degradation or inefficient board routing.
IDT is a provider of essential mixed signal semiconductor solutions that are built to enrich the digital media experience.
Officials with IDT said the PanelPort LinkXtend is a single four-lane input/single four-lane output device that can be connected serially to provide unlimited cable length, offering an affordable solution for challenging enterprise environments.
The company claims the device is the first solution to provide jitter clean up and full link layer repeat functionality in a single chip and does not just amplify and re-drive signals, but it also cleans, reconditions and renews signal integrity, ultimately providing the possibility of unlimited extensions from a PC or mobile device to monitors, projectors and other display devices enabled by DisplayPort.
Telecommunications, industrial and cable adapter markets face a lot of challenges while transmitting a signal over long distances without repeating or amplifying the signal. But IDT’ new feature-rich device extends the DisplayPort-based applications to include these markets. It also provides full HDCP security content support, transmitting secured data to downstream devices.
Ji Park, vice president and general manager of the IDT Video and Display Operation said the company is committed to helping proliferate out the DisplayPort ecosystem and have identified various unique and critical problems that need to be overcome before the DisplayPort standard can begin to experience broad scale adoption.
Like the ViewXpand product, the company recognizes a critical problem experienced by their customers and they have provided a groundbreaking solution in LinkXtend to solve problems that also helps extend the DisplayPort ecosystem.
Other benefits and features of IDT LinkXtend include complete PHY layer and full protocol link layer repeat with jitter clean up; provides 2.7 GHz x 4 lanes, total 10.8 Gbps bandwidth that supports maximum 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution; distant receivers can get untarnished signals by connecting multiple LinkXtend adapters serially; full interoperability and flexibility; and uses low power making the device ideal for greener designs.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi