Issue: Nov 2006


1 Gbit/s Real-Time Copper Link enables new Automotive Camera & Display Systems



by Courtenay Harewood

Inova Semiconductors, a German fabless semiconductors manufacturer, introduces their brand new APIX SerDes chipset (“Automotive Pixel Link”). The high speed point-to-point link allows to loss-free transfer uncompressed videos and images up to 1 Gbit/s through standard CAT5 STP cables at distances up to 25 meters. Therefore it ideally supports all kind of digital imaging systems, even multi camera systems, using DIF/CIF-resolution cameras up to 100 fps (!) but doesn’t need any content compression codecs. Furthermore the chip set offers an integrated 18 Mbit/s real-time, bi-directional return channel for camera controls. This way, a remote camera link can be established – the camera signal, bi-directional I2C bus plus power supply for the camera require not more than a tiny two pair copper cable.

The new APIX chip generation is available in different packages to meet the specific requirements of different applications. The camera-dedicated types (INAP125T/R12) offer a 10…12 bit interface plus control signals (digital RGB interface) while the 18…24 bit types (INAP125T/R24) are striving for digital display applications like remote terminals or control panels up to VGA/SVGA resolution. The chipset will be AEC-Q100 qualified. Pricing at U$ 4,50 per piece at a 10 kpcs quantity.

For more product info please see Inova Semiconductors homepage: http://www.inova-semiconductors.com

ELECTRONICA 2006

Inova Semiconductors will be at the Electronica 2006 in Munich from the 14th to 17th November 2006. Hall A6, booth A6.115


About Inova Semiconductors: Inova Semiconductors GmbH, which is headquartered in Munich (Germany) specializes in reliable high speed serial data communication products for Gigabit/s data transfers through standard STP copper cables up to 50 m, or through fiber optic cables up to 550 m and more.

Inova Semiconductors' GigaSTaR technology has achieved major advancements in digital visualization and infotainment systems replacing countless analog solutions currently being used – an enormous emerging market segment stimulated by the rapid drop in cost of digital Flat Panel TFT displays.

The "Digital Display Link (DDL)", a GigaSTaR based solution for long distance display links, is presently being used in a wide array of Digital Signage applications, modern Passenger Information Systems, interactive Remote Terminals (Human Machine Interface), video broadcasting systems in hotels, buildings and offices, and high resolution camera surveillance systems.

The latest chip development, the APIX generation, goes for automotive and industrial camera and display applications, featuring lowest EMI but an excellent price-performance ratio compared to other solutions.


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