UMC, Germany’s Micronas in co-op to build flat-panel video controller ICs | DigiTimes

Press release; Adam Connors, [Thursday 4 April 2002]

Taiwan’s United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and German consumer electronics IC design firm Micronas have announced that they have successfully developed and reached first-pass success with a new 0.18-micron mixed-mode CMOS video controller chip, soon to be ready for the flat-panel display market that includes LCD and plasma displays.

An SoC (system-on-a-chip) solution that includes logic, embedded memory, I/O controller and customized high-performance analog circuits, the DPS 9450 video controller chip will be rolled out with a range of complementary TV, video and audio technologies already designed and produced by Micronas and UMC.

According to statements by Micronas, the DPS 9450 can work in conjunction with its MDE 9500 TV audio/video decoder systems and industry-standard multi-standard sound processors (MSPs), both of which are being produced by UMC. The new chip supports display resolutions from VGA (640×480-pixels) to WXGA (1365×768-pixels).

“The short development window in which we have been able to achieve these outstanding results reflects the close cooperation and technological expertise that exists between our two companies’ teams,” commented Fu Tai Liou, chief officer of worldwide sales and marketing for UMC. Nik Kaeppeler, vice president of operations at Micronas, predicts “upcoming video products will profit from this first-pass success.”

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