Cypress's HOTLink II Transceivers Power AJA's Video Solutions

6/30/2004 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY), a world leader in video physical layer devices (PHYs), announced that AJA Video, an award-winning manufacturer of professional digital video solutions, has selected Cypress’s HOTLink IITM transceiver (CYV15G0101DXB) for its Standard Definition Serial Digital Interface (SD-SDI) and High Definition Serial Digital Interface (HD-SDI) video interface and conversion products. HOTLink II transceivers are the only integrated SERDES available on the market to enable both SD and HD video applications in a single device.

The CYV15G0101DXB meets both SMPTE 259M (270Mbps) and SMPTE 292M (1.485Gbps) digital television broadcast speeds, as well as the DVB-ASI (270Mbps) video transport standard. In addition, HOTLink II transceivers are compliant with common storage and datacom standards including ESCON, Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet.

“The HOTLink II family’s multi-format support means that customers can seamlessly support upgrades of legacy 259M systems while enabling new 292M applications, allowing professional video equipment vendors to provide their customers with cutting edge products,” said Dan Morris, vice president of Cypress’s Communications Business Unit. “By working with AJA Video, we’re enabling innovative and awarding winning video solutions for the next generation of professional video applications.”

“Our goal is to team with best-in-class video solution providers to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality and function at a reasonable price,” said John Abt, president, AJA Video Systems. “The HOTLink II video transceiver enables us to do just that by providing enhanced levels of integration and proven performance required to support ourKONA HD video capture cards as well as several of our video converter products.”

Cypress’s highly integrated HOTLink II video transceivers are some of the most flexible on the market, offering a wide operating range (0.2-1.5Gbps), bypassable 8B/10B encoding, and redundant outputs and selectable inputs. Each HOTLink II device integrates transmit, receive, and bypassable encoder/decoder (ENDEC) functionality in a single-chip solution.

Pricing and Availability
The single channel HOTLink II devices are available now in a 100-ball BGA.

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 the KONA HD
Kona HD is a PCI-based high-definition capture card offering 10-bit uncompressed HD capture and support for applications that run on QuickTime, such as Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects. Kona HD supports most HDTV formats, including 1080i50/59.94/60 and 1080psf23.98/24. At 10-bit color depth, the board requires a 64-bit, 66 MHz PCI slot, but it also supports 8-bit HD formats on standard 33 MHz PCI configurations. Kona HD also includes six channels of AES I/O at 20- or 24-bit and 48 kHz or 96 kHz. The inputs include hardware sample-rate converters for the connection of non-sync or off-speed digital audio. It also features Genlock for synchronization to an external reference.

About Cypress
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (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 reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. More information about Cypress is accessible online at

About AJA Video
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of SDI and HD-SDI video interface and conversion solutions, bringing high-quality, cost-effective digital video products to the professional broadcast and post production markets. AJA offers Io (the “ultimate” capture box), SDI and HD-SDI QuickTime PCI-X and PCI capture cards, miniature stand-alone converters, and a complete line of rack mount interface and conversion cards and frames. With headquarters located in Grass Valley, California, AJA Video designs and manufactures all of its products in the USA, with an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at

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

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