Cypress Unveils SMPTE and DVB-ASI Serial Digital Video Demo Platform

4/19/2004 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY), a world leader in backplane physical-layer devices (PHYs), introduced a serial digital video demonstration platform designed to showcase the capabilities of its quad independent-channel HOTLink II video transceiver.

The video demonstration board (CYV15G0403DX-VIDEO) is a self-contained professional video demonstration system ideal for applications requiring compliance with the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) 259M and 292M standards and the Digital Video Broadcast – Asynchronous Serial Interface (DVB-ASI) standard. The CYV15G0403DX-VIDEO board enables designers to configure each of the four channels of the HOTLinkII SERDES individually. Each channel can handle a different video standard signal (SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M, or DVB-ASI).

“The HOTLink II quad independent channel device consolidates four stand-alone devices into a single, independent-channel chip, which will enable designers to realize a 70% component count reduction, reduced board space, and a cost reduction of approximately 50%, all without sacrificing design flexibility,” said Deepak Sharma, physical layer product marketing manager. “This new platform will allow our customers to see all the benefits of using our HOTLink II video SERDES in a standard video test environment.”

The CYV15G0403DX-VIDEO platform incorporates such functions as SMPTE scrambling and descrambling, auto-rate detection, reclocking, SMPTE pathological test pattern generation, and color bar generation, all on a per-channel basis. The platform also showcases Cypress’s seamless performance with third-party cable drivers and equalizers. Other unique features include SD-SDI to HD-SDI up-conversion and the ability to transmit video over a Cypress EZ-USB FX2 connection and view that video on a PC display with a software application, or to transmit an image from a PC over a USB connection through the quad independent-channel HOTLink II SERDES and view the image on a SDI video monitor.

The platform will be demonstrated at the NAB conference in Las Vegas, NV from April 19-21, 2004. For more information, or to make an appointment to see a demonstration, please contact Deepak Sharma at 408-943-4794, or send an email to

Pricing and Availability:
Limited quantities of the CYV15G0403DXB-VIDEO platform are available now and are priced at $950 per unit. Volume quantities will be available in June.

The HOTLinkII family of SERDES is available now, priced as listed below:

In addition to the quad channel video board, a single channel SDI video board is available now. The CYV15G0101DXB-VIDEO, 1x SD-SDI video board is priced at $600 per unit.

For further information on the HOTLink II family and other Cypress physical layer devices, please contact your local Cypress Sales Representative or visit our website at

About Cypress
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) is Connecting From Last Mile to First MileTM with high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch, and core communications-system applications. Cypress ConnectsTM using wireless, wireline, digital, and optical transmission standards, including USB, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, and DWDM. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, Cypress makes industry-leading physical layer devices, framers, and network search engines, along with a broad portfolio of high-bandwidth memories, timing technology solutions, and programmable microcontrollers. More information about Cypress is accessible online at

HOTLink, Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. HOTLink II, “Connectivity From Last Mile to First Mile” and “Cypress Connects” are trademarks of Cypress.

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