Philips Debuts SAA6734AHL TFT LCD Controller Chip for Flat Displays

6/1/2004 - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) announced a new thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) controller chip designed for use in next-generation LCD monitors and flat displays. As high-resolution LCDs quickly become the standard for home theater equipment and personal computing (PC) devices, manufacturers continue to look for high-performance, cost-effective solutions. Philips SAA6734AHL controller chip is packed with a variety of on-chip features on the industry's smallest footprint. It allows customers to quickly manufacture LCD monitors with high-quality video performance with a minimal number of components.

Boasting state-of-the-art integration levels and superior on-screen performance, the chip's integrated high-performance analog-to-digital conversions (ADC), scaler, on-screen-display (OSD), and low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) panel interface provide customers with increased flexibility to meet a variety of vendor manufacturing specifications. An analog RGB VGA input is integrated on the chip and supports up to 165 MHz of pixel frequency. The solution supports input resolutions up to UXGA (1600 x 1200 pixels) and scales to fit panel resolutions up to SXGA (1280 x 1024 pixels).

"Philips continues to drive the digital display market by leading with highly-integrated system solutions," said Alois Kliner, general manager, Business Line Display Processing, Philips Semiconductors. "Our robust audio, video and scaling IP portfolio allows us to provide customers with advanced A/V technology for faster migration to high-resolution digital displays, including LCD monitors and television solutions."

To further reduce integration costs, the controller also includes a built-in Spread-Spectrum technology that minimizes electromagnetic interference to allow the use of a two-layer printed circuit board (PCB) design. Additionally, a complete reference design, including hardware and software for the SAA6734AHL is available to customers for design-in support.

The SAA6734AHL controller is sampling now and scheduled for mass production in July 2004. Philips will be showcasing the new-generation SAA6734AHL at Computex 2004 (Taipei, Taiwan, June 1-5, 2004) at Philips Booth #T201A in Hall 4.

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 29 billion in 2003. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patients monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 164,500 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at

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