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March 28, 2000
Damini chips, another first for Texas Instruments
A Special Correspondent in Bangalore
Texas Instruments (India) Ltd, the wholly owned R&D subsidiary of the $9.5 billion US-based Texas Instruments, has scored another first with the launch of seven receiver integrated circuits for desktop LCD monitors, digital CRT (cathode ray tubes) monitors, and digital projectors.
The family of chips, christened Damini, will support the emerging digital visual interface -- DVI -- standard for high-speed interfaces to high-resolution digital displays of monitors.
Designed and developed entirely by the mixed signal products group at the Bangalore-based TI facility, the Damini chips belong to the panelbus family of the end-to-end DVI solutions of its US-based parent which also rolls out several transmitter chips.
Announcing the launch on Tuesday, TI India Managing Director Srini Rajam said the high-speed digital interface chips were architectured by the MSP team in a record seven months. "TI India has now the capability to offer its global customers like Intel, LG, Samsung and others the most comprehensive package in DVI solutions," he said.
According to MSP general manager Vivek Pawar, Damini is the latest in the range of TI products for display solutions. "Leveraging our position as leaders in LCD drivers and low-voltage differential signalling (flat-link) transmitters and receivers, the MSP group has developed the latest panelbus solution to enable the vision of high-speed, industry-standard, digital display interface," he said.
The family of Damini chips has already been sent to Texas and is currently being tested extensively by LCD/CRT monitor manufacturers in the US, Japan, Korea and Taiwan by deploying them in their latest range of products scheduled to hit the market by the third quarter this year.
The ICs, which have undergone several hours of testing called 'characterisation' at the TI facility, provide a selection of frequencies from 25-165 MHz for flexible support of display resolutions from VGA (640x480) up to UXGA (160x1200) pixels. The DVI receivers also provide a range of speeds for design flexibility at 165MHz, 112MHz, and 86MHz respectively. All of them are compatible with other competitive receivers.
Rajam revealed that the parent company had cumulatively invested $20 million in its Indian facility these last 15 years and lined up another $5 million for the next 3 years. Its Indian operation acts as the hub in the Asia-Pacific region. "TI India posted a turnover of Rs 64 crore (Rs 640 million) last year in terms of billing for TI Inc," he added.
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