DisplayPort-over-Ethernet RJ-45 adapter debuts at CES 2011

The IDT VLX1000 enables use of ordinary networking cables to carry HD DisplayPort signals for projection and digital signage applications.

At the 2011 International CES in Las Vegas, mixed-signal semiconductor supplier Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) (NASDAQ: IDTI) and ICT-LANTO, a provider of high frequency interconnects, have introduced a jointly developed DisplayPort-over-Ethernet adapter. Based on the IDT VLX1000 PanelPort LinkXtend chip, the adapter enables the transmission of DisplayPort signals over standard RJ-45 Ethernet cables for long distance display cabling applications including projectors and digital signage applications.

IDT's VLX1000 PanelPort LinkXtend is a DisplayPort-based device that provides amplification, re-drive capability, and signal reconditioning for extended cable links from computers to remote monitors, projectors, and digital signage. The adapter provides jitter clean up and full link layer repeater functionality in a single package. It can be connected serially through standard Ethernet cables, offering a full HD digital display connectivity solution for enterprise, small business and home environments.

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“The IDT VLX1000 is an ideal device for use in this type of innovative DisplayPort interconnect adapter,” comments Jerry Tsai, general manager of ICT-LANTO. “DisplayPort is becoming a common digital display interface for PCs and monitors. As the adoption of DisplayPort increases, so will the need for long distance cabling solutions, which can be cost and performance prohibitive if customers wish to enable High Bit Rate (HBR) connections. Our new DisplayPort-to-RJ-45 adapter solves this issue by allowing the use of inexpensive networking cables to transmit uncompressed DisplayPort digital display and audio data.”

The IDT VLX1000 supports up to four lanes with link rates of 2.7 Gbps for a total of 10.8 Gbps bandwidth that allows up to 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution. The companies say the device offers full Hollywood content security support and requires no external power source for use in adapters or dongles, removing the need for bulky power converters.

“AMD, Dell, Intel Corporation, Lenovo, Samsung Electronics and LG Display recently announced intentions to accelerate adoption of scalable and lower power digital interfaces such as DisplayPort into the PC,” said Ji Park, vice president and general manager of the Video and Display Operation at IDT. “Devices such as the IDT VLX1000 and other DisplayPort products from IDT will help to enable this transition. Adapters and translators from companies such as ICT-LANTO that make use of the IDT DisplayPort solutions broaden the overall ecosystem and ease the adoption of DisplayPort devices.”

“This is a key product innovation from IDT and ICT-LANTO that leverages the unique technical features of DisplayPort to reduce end-user solution costs and enable broader adoption of DisplayPort in projectors and monitors,” added Bruce Montag, chairman of the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).

The IDT VLX1000 is compliant with DisplayPort v1.1a, VESA DDM Standard, HDCP v1.3, and EDID v1.4. It is available in an 81-pin BGA package. The DisplayPort-over-Ethernet adapter will be on display in the VESA booth at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 6-9, 2011. Visit www.idt.com/go/LinkXtend and www.ICT-LANTO.com for more information.

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