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January 11, 2010

Intersil Unveils Long-Haul Mini DisplayPort Video HyperWall Interconnects

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Intersil Corporation, a company that designs and manufactures high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors today announced its Q:Active HD line of high-performance DisplayPort cables.
Powered by the Intersil’s Q:Active analog signal processing technology, Q:Active HD line of cables supports the full 8.64Gbps bandwidth (HBR) of DisplayPort 1.1a. They enable a resolution of 2560p x 1600p through up to 50 meters of copper cable, exceeding the capabilities of currently used interconnects that are limited to 3 meters or less, according to company officials.
The cables also support the upcoming DisplayPort 1.2 specification (HBR2) that doubles the resolution and color depth with an aggregate data rate of 17.28Gbps. With these capabilities, these ultra-thin long-haul interconnects will enable high-speed digital video and audio data transmission for the entire range of display applications, from extreme gaming to commercial and personal video HyperWalls, company officials said.
At CES (News - Alert) 2010, Intersil demonstrated the Deep Color, Full Bandwidth HD digital video running over Mini DisplayPort (mDP) to DisplayPort (DP) hybrid cable. The demonstration shows 50Gbps of Deep Color video information running 20 meters to a 25 megapixel HyperWall in stunning clarity, company officials said.
“It is very pleasing to see innovative solutions like Intersil’s mDP-to-DP ultra-thin active cables introduced so shortly after the adoption of the standard,” commented Bruce Montag, chairman of the Video Electronics Standards Association.
“Our Q:Active technology, now proven in High Performance Computing, is making its way to the consumer market with unprecedented benefits,” said Huibert Verhoeven, vice president and general manager of Intersil’s high-speed products group, in a statement.
Intersil’s Q:Active technology is a popular cable technology with installations in Top 500 supplied supercomputers, raster image processors, servers, storage farms and data centers worldwide, the company said. These switches and supercomputers can consume up to 30,000 ports of Q:Active technology per individual installation.
The company recently introduced two new bipolar low-power precision operational amplifier series – ISL28117 and ISL28217 – an “ideal combination of low noise and low power coupled with low offset voltage, low bias current drift and minimal offset drift over temperature,” TMCnet reported.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison