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Frame-rate converter supports 240-Hz LCD panels

Freiburg, Germany—Micronas announced the FRC-Q, its fifth generation of motion estimation/compensation (ME/MC) frame-rate converters, delivering Real Motion experience on Full HD 1080p LCD, PDP and OLED TVs.

Designed for the 120Hz FHD flat-panel TV segment, the FRC-Q in a single-chip configuration generates 120Hz video, and in a two-chip parallel configuration generates 240Hz video from 50/60Hz video content or 24 fps movie sources.

In addition to improving video performance, the FRC-Q was architected to minimize system costs. Memory requirements have been reduced to a single DDR2 DRAM. The FRC-Q has also been designed with lower power consumption, eliminating the need for a heat-sink, which enables integration into today's ultra-thin flat-panel TVs. Finally, the FRC-Q has a simplified high-level command interface to quickly interface to a variety of host CPU software architectures.

Micronas' latest frame-rate converter can drive large LCD panels directly. LVDS interfaces on both inputs and outputs reduce cost and pin-out and the reduced electrical noise improves signal quality throughout the design. The low-noise behavior is further enhanced by the use of spread-spectrum clocks throughout the IC.

Pricing: $14.50 in volume quantities.
Availability: The FRC-Q is sampling to qualified OEMs now. Mass production will start in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Datasheet: Click here.

Micronas, www.micronas.com

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