Revolutionary NXP technology creates picture perfect HD viewing experience

August 29, 2007

Launches the world’s first video postprocessor IC that removes the halo effect from motion pictures on HDTV

NXP, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, has launched the world's first video postprocessor with proprietary Motion Accurate Picture Processing technology, enabling TV manufacturers to drastically improve high-definition (HD) motion picture on LCD TVs. This technology on NXP’s new PNX5100 video postprocessor combines movie judder cancellation (MJC), motion sharpness and vivid color management to successfully remove the visible halo and blur in fast moving scenes delivering an enhanced viewing experience for enjoying sports and action movies.


NXP's Motion Accurate Picture Processing technology uses a revolutionary up-conversion technique in conjunction with three-frame HD Movie Judder Cancellation and full motion-compensated up-conversion to 1920x1080p @ 120Hz. The Automatic Picture Control (APC) feature dynamically adjusts the processing parameters used to obtain optimal improvement on every output frame. As a result, NXP’s PNX5100 enables TV manufacturers to take advantage of the latest 1920x1080p @ 120Hz resolution panels with wide color gamut for superior sharpness, richer color, dynamic motion and deep contrast.


“Blurred pictures on large HDTV sets has been a chronic irritation for consumers, and set manufacturers have not yet been able to find an effective solution,” said Shyam Nagrani, Principal Analyst, Display Electronics, iSuppli Corporation. “NXP's new technology offers a promising solution to reduce the halo effect considerably for consumers to enjoy a genuinely high-quality viewing experience.”


“Until now consumers have only experienced the first phase of the HDTV evolution. NXP’s advance in HD motion picture quality is unprecedented and will herald the second generation of HDTV,” said Jos Klippert, Senior Marketing Manager Digital TV Systems, NXP Semiconductors. “NXP's Motion Accurate Picture Processing is a revolutionary technology that delivers dynamic improvements in motion, sharpness, contrast and color to offer the best consumer experience. Moreover, it reaffirms our leadership in R&D and demonstrates our understanding of consumer expectations from HDTV viewing today and in the foreseeable future.”


The PNX5100 with Motion Accurate Picture Processing technology is a breakthrough product, which emphasizes NXP's Home business unit's focus on digital TV. It reflects the outcome of the Roadmap for Leadership program announced by CEO Frans van Houten on the anniversary of the company’s launch. This will see R&D investments in the Home business unit focus on application specific systems, digital consumer systems, and security video systems and IP cameras.


The Nexperia PNX5100 integrated media processor cores provide a powerful video processing platform for motion estimation and up-conversion. The performance is extended with hardware pre- and post-video processing functions a universal input processor (UIP) and video composition pipe (CPIPE). It includes a dual-channel LVDS receiver and two dual-channel LVDS transmitters. This advanced postprocessor also provides PiP (Picture-in-Picture) and OSD graphics insertion capabilities. The PNX5100 supports high-end flat panel screen resolutions and refresh rates with formats including 1366×768 @ 120Hz and 1920×1080 @ 120Hz.


The PNX5100 comes with a reference design toolkit that helps TV manufacturers cut time-to-market and development risks. Moreover, it can be used as a stand-alone video-postprocessor or as a companion IC with a main TV processor, allowing motion accurate picture processing to be performed as a feature enhancement.


Availability

NXP's Nexperia PNX5100, the world’s first video postprocessor with Motion Accurate Picture Processing technology, will be demonstrated at its booth (Hall 1.1, Booth 213) at IFA 2007 in Berlin, Germany from August 31 – September 05.

Nexperia PNX5100 will be available for mass production in Q1 2008.


About NXP

NXP is a top 10 semiconductor company founded by Philips more than 50 years ago. Headquartered in Europe, the company has 37,000 employees working in 26 countries across the world. NXP creates semiconductors, system solutions and software that deliver better sensory experiences in mobile phones, personal media players, TVs, set-top boxes, identification applications, cars and a wide range of other electronic devices. News from NXP is located at www.nxp.com.

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