Video switch saves space

South Portland, Maine — Fairchild Semiconductor's video switch matrix integrates analog switch capability, input clamps, bias circuitry and cable drivers into one device.

Compared to discrete solutions, this integration allows the FMS6501 to reduce board space by 50 percent, said Jeremy Tole, Fairchild's product marketing manager for video products. Typical FMS6501 applications include satellite set-top boxes, high definition televisions (HDTV), personal video recorders (PVR), A/V switchers, security equipment, media centers and in-cabin (car) entertainment systems.

Fairchild's FMS6501 video switch matrix offers designers unparalleled ease-of-use and flexibility by providing 12 inputs, each of which may be switched to any of 9 available outputs, Tole said. “It is the only device of its kind able to accommodate standard definition (SD), progressive scan (PS), high definition (HD), and 1080p video signals, while offering selectable 6, 7, 8, or 9 dB integrated cable drivers capable of driving dual video loads.”

Other highlights of the FMS6501 include an I2C interface, and the ability to directly drive 75-Ohm cables.

This lead-free product meets or exceeds the requirements of the joint IPC/JEDEC standard J-STD-020B and is compliant with the European Union requirements now in effect.

The FMS6501 is available in a 28-pin SSOP for $2.25 each in 1,000-piece quantities. Click here for the FMS6501 data sheet.

Fairchild Semiconductor , 1-207-775-8100,

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