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Gigabit speed Redriver IC with equalizer enables longer distance transmission of such high speed interfaces as USB 3.1 Gen2 and HDMI

Peripheral interfaces such as USB, HDMI and DisplayPort are rapidly achieving increases in transfer speed. In the first round of this technical report series that was published last time, we introduced the current state of affairs concerning such ongoing speedup efforts. We also provided a technical explanation of the resulting advantages and disadvantages. In fact, one such disadvantage is proving to be quite a tough nut to crack. This is because the advantage afforded by reducing the maximum data transfer distance could pose a fatal issue depending on the use case. In this second article of the series, we introduce a redriver IC that solves this issue. Using this IC makes it possible to significantly extend the maximum allowable transfer distance.

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Developed an automatic generation tool for ISP firmware that is no longer dependent on FPGA

An “image sensor” refers to a semiconductor device that takes images and videos. It is mounted on various electronic devices including digital cameras, smartphones, and automobiles. However, we cannot expect sufficient functions only with an image sensor. Combined use with an “Image Signal Processor (ISP)” that handles image processing is essential. The problem here is that the development of ISP firmware is extremely difficult. To solve this problem, THine Electronics began offering the “Camera Development Kit (CDK).” This article explains the background of CDK development and efficacy of its adoption.

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Increases in the speed of USB, HDMI and DisplayPort show no signs of stopping -- Greater benefits to users, but at the cost of reduced transfer distance

Today, peripheral interfaces such as USB, HDMI and DisplayPort are becoming increasingly capable of supporting higher speeds at a high pitch. Massive increases in the quantity of data and other factors lie behind such development. With increased speed, the amount of data that can be transferred increases significantly. The benefits of this speedup are enormous. On the other hand, some applications are burdened with issues due to such speedup. The most notable one is the reduced maximum distance of allowable transmission. This article describes the current state of affairs regarding the speedup of peripheral interfaces, the issues caused by reduced transfer distance, and ways to cope with such issues.

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V-by-One® HS goes beyond LVDS, making its presence known in medical, automotive and various other applications

V-by-One® HS has become the de facto standard in high-speed interface technology as almost all LCD TVs now adopt it for image/video transmission. In addition to LCD TVs, various applications are also using V-by-One® HS.

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V-by-One® HS goes beyond LVDS -Long distance transmission at a high speed is achieved with high reliable 8B/10B coding and signal conditioning technology-

“LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) SerDes” established an era as the image/video interface for notebook computers, LCD monitors, and LCD TV. Its successor technology is “V-by-One® HS.” Today, it is being adopted for many high-resolution large-screen LCD TV and other devices. It can be said to be one of the technologies that supports the global diffusion of LCD TV behind the scenes. Now, in this third installment, we will explain about the basic principle and features of V-by-One® HS.

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Deep dive about the Basic Principle of LVDS SerDes, Taking advantage of its features – high speed, long distance, low noise

A serial interface connects devices such as between a liquid crystal panel and a logic board. In the first installment of this series, looking back at its history, we introduced the advancement of its technology, our efforts to improve performance, and changes in use in applications. Now, we will explain in detail about the basic principle, features, and available products, with focus on the technology of LVDS (low voltage differential signaling).

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History of THine products for signal transmission started from SerDes IC for laptop PC

THine Microsystems, Inc. was founded in 1991, the predecessor of THine Electronics, Inc. In the initial years, we attracted significant attention from the industry as the “Leader for semiconductor venture companies.” This was initially driven by our success in the commercialization of the LVDS SerDes IC. It was adopted by many PC or TV manufacturers, allowing us to achieve a great leap. This article introduces some stories behind the development of the SerDes technology we have achieved.

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