Pericom Introduces Four Active HDMI Switches

New Switches Meet the High-Bandwidth Needs of Consumer Video Electronics Products

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -- Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM), a worldwide preferred supplier of high-speed integrated circuits and frequency control products, today announced it has expanded its high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) switch portfolio with four new active high-bandwidth differential switch solutions for multi-source or multi-sink video applications including TV, monitor, set-top box, switch box, and game consoles.

Pericom's active HDMI switching solutions now provide signal conditioning features and compliance with the new revision 1.3 HDMI standard. All four switch solutions offer 1080p high-resolution video support with 12-bit color depth per channel. By providing signal conditioning and switching, these solutions allow designers to switch as many as three ports to a single display over cables as long as 20 meters.

"For the consumer video product market, HDMI-enabled device shipments will grow 78% per year through 2010," said Brian O'Rourke, senior analyst at In-Stat. "Pericom's latest HDMI product family entries appear very well positioned to take advantage of this high-growth consumer market segment."

"The demand for multiple HDMI/DVI connectors to link various sources, such as DVD, STB, PCs, and gaming consoles to a single video screen, has created a need for longer cable lengths, due to the uncertainty of A/V setup in a consumer's home," said Shaf Rahman, Pericom's senior director of Switch and Interface Marketing. "With longer cable lengths, the signal reduction loss takes place almost in an exponential factor as the cable lengths increase from 1 meter to 20 meter cable."

"Our unique optimized equalization setting, combined with configurable pre-emphasis, de-emphasis and output swing control, enable video network designers to achieve the required signal integrity at sink. Designers can now build large screen liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs, monitors and notebook PCs with docking stations, with multiple HDMI/DVI connectors at far distances internally, and connect to external video sources with long cables. This also eliminates the need to use expensive A/V switch boxes, which typically range from $200 - $400," Rahman added.

The newly released HDMI products, PI3HDMI341ARx, PI3HDMI412AD, PI3HDMI421AR & PI3HDMI411AD have been designed with Pericom's innovative technology, which combines high-speed differential video switching with proven signal-conditioning expertise to achieve the specific impedance required for HDMI/DVI signals to minimize reflections and insertion loss over long trace or cable lengths.

    Key Features:

    -- Active 1:1, 2:1, 3:1 or 1:2 mux/demux solutions
    -- HDMI revision 1.3 compliant

    -- Optimized equalization setting to cover 1meter to 20 meters cable
    -- Configurable pre-emphasis, de-emphasis and output swing control
    -- 2.5 Gbps per channel, or 10-Gbps total bandwidth
    -- Deep Color support up to 12-bit/channel
    -- 8KV contact ESD protection for high-speed signals
    -- Internal pull-down transistors that eliminate external components
    -- Switching support for 3 side-band signals (SDA, SCL, HPD)
    -- Packaging (Pb-free & Green)
       * 56-pad TQFN
       * 80-contact LQFP

Pericom will be showcasing these new HDMI switching solutions at CES International, Las Vegas (, January 8 through 11. Its HDMI demo will be in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 2, booth #25911F, as part of the HDMI Tech Zone, which is sponsored by the HDMI organization ( Pericom's HDMI patented technology will be demonstrated in a cost-effective cable application, as well as in multiple high-definition display applications.

Pricing & Availability:

The new PI3HDMI341xxx, PI3HDMI412AD, PI3HDMI421AR and PI3HDMI411AD are Pb-free and green and in full production today. Prices range as follows:

    -- PI3HDMI411AD:     $1.50 per 10K pieces
    -- PI3HDMI412AD:     $1.75 per 10K pieces
    -- PI3HDMI421AR:     $1.75 per 10K pieces
    -- PI3HDMI341AR:     $3.00 per 10K pieces

Samples, datasheets, application notes, IBIS models, and additional information can be found by visiting the company website.

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HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the first and only industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. By delivering crystal-clear, all-digital audio and video via a single cable, HDMI dramatically simplifies cabling and helps provide customers with the highest- quality experience. HDMI provides an interface between any audio/video source, such as a set-top box, DVD player, or A/V receiver and an audio and/or video monitor, such as a digital television (DTV), over a single cable.

About Pericom:

Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM) enables serial connectivity with the industry's most complete solutions for the computing, communications and consumer market segments. Pericom's analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits, along with their SaRonix and eCERA frequency control products are essential in the timing, switching, bridging and conditioning of high-speed signals required by today's ever-increasing speed- and-bandwidth-demanding applications. Company headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with design centers and technical sales and support offices globally. Please visit for more information.

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