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Sep 12, 2013

Panasonic Launches Industry's First*1 HDMI 2.0 Compliant Communication LSI Optimized for High Speed Transmission

Panasonic's new LSIs will contribute to the development and widespread adoption of devices based on the latest HDMI high-speed interface specifications.

Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation today has released the industry's first*1 communication LSI compliant with the latest HDMI[1] 2.0 specifications that enables optimal transmission of high definition 4k 50/60p[2] image data. The new chips will contribute to realizing devices that support high resolution 4k 50/60p video, as well as expanding the use of such devices in a wide field of applications.

HDMI 2.0, the latest High-Definition Multimedia Interface Specifications, significantly increases bandwidth up to 18Gbps and supports for the transmission of 4k (2160p), 4 times the clarity of the already widespread Full HD (1080p). This Specifications therefore allow for the display of ultimate resolution 4k 50/60p images via single HDMI Cable.

The new standard supporting the transmission of 4k video at 50/60p is expected to expand the application and adoption of 4k devices in various fields, including 4k large-screen monitors for broadcast and industrial uses and automotive displays. Panasonic's new HDMI 2.0-compliant communication LSIs, MN864777 and MN864778, facilitate the designing and developing of devices that support 4k 50/60p, and will contribute to the widespread use and adoption of 4k devices in a variety of areas.

Panasonic has started mass production of the new LSIs this month with a monthly output capacity of more than 1 million units. The company will also provide customers with the semiconductor IP to promote the further spread of 4k devices.

The new HDMI 2.0-compliant communication LSIs have the following features:

- Display of 4k 50/60p images in true ultrahigh definition
4k 50/60p images can be transmitted with existing Category 2 HDMI cables

- Simplified device design and improved interoperability
The LSIs support the scramble function to reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI)[3] and use Panasonic's own high-speed differential transmission technology to enhance transmission characteristic.

- Anticipated contribution to widespread use of 4k devices due to the compliance with the global standard
Available in two versions - MN864777 (24.0 x 24.0 mm) and MN864778 (20.0 x 20.0 mm), the LSIs can be used in various 4k applications, from consumer devices to broadcast, industrial and automotive equipment.

- Display of 4k images from existing Full HD video-source thanks to image enhancement functions (MN864777)
The image enhancement functions include 4k 50/60p Scalar[4] and Super Resolution Circuit[5].

Notes:

*1 For an HDMI 2.0 compatible semiconductor, as of September 12, 2013, according to Panasonic data.

Explanation of Technical Terms

[1] HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface)
HDMI is a digital audio/visual output interface standard for digital consumer electronics and AV devices
[2] 4k 50/60p
4k 50/60p refers to the resolution of the images being displayed. Standard specifications are 3,840 x 2,160 pixels with a frame rate of 60 fps. PEL Format 4:4:4
[3] Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
Unwanted electromagnetic waves that cause electromagnetic interference
[4] 4k 50/60p Scalar
Function that upsamples Full HD Images to 4k 50/60p in real time
[5] Super Resolution Circuit
Technology that displays super high definition images upconverted from Full HD Images to 4k 50/60p images

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates over 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.30 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2013. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.

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