SOURCE: Intersil

May 23, 2006 06:00 ET

Intersil's New Triple-Channel Video Analog Front End IC Delivers High Bandwidth, Low Jitter and Ideal Black Levels

ISL98001 Optimizes Analog-to-Digital Conversion for TVs, Home Theater, Business Projectors

MILPITAS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2006 -- Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL), a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog solutions, today introduced a new triple-channel analog front end (AFE) device that delivers optimal performance for televisions, monitors, home theater and business projectors.

Intersil's ISL98001 is a triple-channel, 8-bit video AFE that incorporates all of the functions required to digitize YPbPr (component) video signals and RGB (red, green, blue) graphics signals from DVD players, VCRs, set-top boxes and personal computers. It is available in five different speeds ranging from 140Mpixels/s to 275Mpixels/s, providing a solution for every video resolution.

The ISL98001's fast conversion rates support HDTV resolution up to 1080p and computer monitor resolutions up to QXGA. The programmable input bandwidth incorporated in the AFE ensures sharp, clean images at all resolutions. In addition, the ISL98001 delivers very low jitter, high bandwidth and excellent linearity for monitors, business projectors, televisions and home theater projectors. Its automatic black level compensation ensures outstanding black level performance for even the lowest-cost home theater systems, delivering excellent color reproduction even with temperature variations.

"The ISL98001 provides the industry's highest speeds along with continuously controlled offset voltages, so designers do not have to calibrate offset error out of their system on an AFE-by-AFE basis," said Kathryn Tucker, marketing manager for Intersil's Video products group. "The digital phase locked loop (DPLL) even includes headswitching support, enabling high-performance images even under the worst-case scenario of digitizing inputs from a high-definition digital VCR playing back a standard VHS tape."

High Speed and Sharp Images

One of the most innovative features of the ISL98001 is its digital phase locked loop technology, which allows Intersil to provide a maximum jitter of 450ps (250ps typical) peak-to-peak, the best in the industry and a necessity for UXGA and higher PC resolutions. A "peaking" function compensates for input degradation in instances of low-channel bandwidth, and integrated HSYNC and SOG signal processing eliminates the need for external sync slicers, sync separators, Schmitt triggers and noise filters.

Key Features

--  5 speed grades: 140MHz, 170MHz, 210MHz, 240MHz, 275MHz
--  250ps p-p jitter (450ps p-p maximum)
--  Automatic black level compensation (ABLC)
--  Headswitching support
--  Integrated HSYNC and SOG processing
--  No gain and offset interaction
--  Optimal signal conditioning
Target Applications
--  High-end televisions
--  Home theater projectors
--  Business projectors
--  Monitors
--  KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) products
About Intersil's Video Products

From high-performance video amplifiers to differential line equalizers, Intersil's portfolio of video products can address any portion of the analog signal chain. The number and variety of video products on the market continues to grow. With the expansion of HDTV and high-resolution RGB (red, green, blue) signals, the most common point-to-point connection for a video signal is analog. Intersil's video ICs provide many solutions for moving these signals around. Whether it is transmitting RGB down CAT-5 or switching 32 security video feeds, Intersil has a solution. Also, Intersil's ISL5944x family extends the available bandwidth of RGB multiplexers on the market from 500 MHz up to 1GHz -- the first time this barrier has been broken. Intersil continues to deliver best-in-class video solutions for its customers, addressing every piece of the signal chain. To learn more about Intersil's broad video portfolio, visit Intersil's Video ICs page at

Pricing and Availability

The ISL98001 is available now in 128-lead MQFP packages with prices starting at $10.06 each in 1,000-unit quantities. More information on the ISL98001 is available at

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About Intersil

Intersil Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog semiconductors. The Company's products address some of the industry's fastest growing markets, such as, flat panel displays, cell phones, other handheld systems, and notebooks. Intersil's product families address power management functions and analog signal processing functions. Intersil products include ICs for battery management, hot-swap and hot-plug controllers, linear regulators, supervisory ICs, switching DC/DC regulators and power MOSFET drivers; optical storage laser diode drivers; DSL line drivers; video and high performance operational amplifiers; data converters; interface ICs; analog switches and multiplexers; crosspoint switches; voice-over-IP devices; and ICs for military, space and radiation-hardened applications. For more information about Intersil or to find out how to become a member of our winning team, visit the Company's web site and career page at

Contact Information

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