New Test Generators and Upgrades Enable HDMI™ v1.3 36-bit Deep Color Display Development and Manufacturing
Elgin IL — November 29, 2006 — Quantum Data™, a worldwide provider of video test equipment, today announced the release of new video signal generators and upgrades supporting High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) version 1.3, enabling display manufacturers to design and manufacture 36-bit deep color displays.
HDMI is a prime digital interface for connecting displays to home theatre, broadcast and gaming sources. Version 1.3 (v1.3) of the interface is backwards compatible with previous versions and adds options for wide-gamut color, faster pixel rates, cable equalization, smaller connectors, advanced audio formats, and lip sync correction - in addition to deep color.
Video test equipment is required to check HDMI compliance and interoperability during development of displays and to detect defects during manufacturing. Today, few displays support the latest HDMI options available in v1.3, as manufacturers have had to wait for silicon and video test equipment to catch up with HDMI specification enhancements before proceeding.
Quantum Data's new model 881E and 882E generators, built with the latest chips from Silicon Image, are capable of generating triple 12-bit/component colors in 4:4:4 sampling mode up to 165M pixels/second. Added test images reveal "banding" in fine color transitions - a defect that is supposed to be eliminated by HDMI v1.3's new "deep color" option. As with previous offerings, the new generators output any video format on-demand, render test images, produce test tones, and perform a variety of compliance tests.
The new generators will begin shipping in limited quantities in December 2006, with full-production scheduled for Q1 2007. The company also announced the availability of upgrades for converting existing 881C and 882C generators to 881E and 882E generators.
For a complete list of features and specifications of the series 882E, go to
http://www.quantumdata.com/products/882E. View the Release Notes.
About Quantum Data
Headquartered in Elgin, Illinois, Quantum Data, Inc. (www.quantumdata.com) designs,
manufactures and markets test instruments for developing, manufacturing and servicing
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