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MHL receiver ICs target automotive infotainment

18 Dec 2014  | Christoph Hammerschmidt

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MHL receiver ICs

Silicon Image has rolled out SiL5293 and SiL5620, two MHL receiver chips aimed at automotive applications. The SiL5293 has an RGB output, while the SiL5620 comes with a CSI-2 output.

In cars, MHL is used to connect smartphones to the vehicle's infotainment system display. Silicon Image's MHL receivers are qualified for automotive deployment according to AEC Q-100 and designed for operation in various temperature ranges.

MHL supports up to 4K Ultra HD video, with up to eight channels of digital audio, all while charging the mobile device. According to the company, the high performance and responsiveness of MHL makes it an ideal connectivity technology for the connected car and infotainment units, enabling drivers to navigate GPS and music apps from the phone.

MHL also enhances rear-seat entertainment systems by displaying the latest movies and games from a phone to the rear screen of the car. MHL technology addresses the fundamental issue of connecting two ecosystems with such different development lifecycles as the smartphone and the car by keeping all of the video processing and rendering on the phone as uncompressed video over MHL.

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