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MSI Selects Silicon Image HDMI Transmitters for its Diamond Plus Graphics Cards


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Silicon Image, Inc., a leader in semiconductors for the secure storage, distribution and presentation of high-definition content, today announced that MSI (MicroStar International Corporation, Ltd), a leading manufacturers of computer hardware products and solutions, has selected Silicon Image’s VastLane SiI1930 High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) transmitter for its new NX7600 GT Diamond Plus graphics card for PCs. HDMI enables gaming enthusiasts to seamlessly connect desktop PCs to high definition (HD) displays in order to view premium HD digital content.

Designed for gaming enthusiasts, the NX7600 GT Diamond Plus is powered by the Nvidia GeForce 7600GT GPU to deliver smooth, realistic gaming at ultra-high resolutions. With speeds up to 560 megahertz (MHz) and 256MB DDR3 graphic memory, it combines the performance and reliability required to power today’s advanced 3D video games. Support for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) enables users to display HD movies and extreme gaming on HDTVs. It features dual-link DVI, HDMI and TV-Out connectors and makes use of the SiI1930 HDMI transmitter chip to combine HD video and audio output on a single cable.

Built for graphics card applications using a discrete Graphics Processor Unit (GPU), the SiI1930 features a Transition-Minimized Differential Signaling (TMDS®) interface to the GPU. The SiI1930 offers an HDMI output capable of supporting video resolutions up to UXGA and 1080p with up to eight channels of 192 kHz audio.

“MSI is committed to bringing innovative and cutting-edge technology to customers,” said Vincent Lai, marketing director of MSI. “By incorporating HDMI transmitters from Silicon Image into our NX7600 GT Diamond Plus graphics card, we are now able to offer customers the ultimate 3D digital gaming experience to a wide audience.”

“With the SiI1930 HDMI transmitter, MSI is now able to power the next wave of extreme gaming,” said Brad Garofalo, product marketing manager at Silicon Image. “By delivering enhanced HDMI capabilities, MSI is giving customers the ability to seamlessly connect their gaming PCs to consumer electronics devices to enjoy wide array of HD multimedia content and games.”

The adoption of Silicon Image’s HDMI transmitters by industry-leading PC makers and component manufacturers demonstrates that HDMI technology is gaining broad acceptance in the PC market. The media and gaming PC market is poised for accelerated growth, as PC platforms that include or are upgradeable with HD and multimedia capabilities will require connectivity to HDTVs.

Silicon Image’s HDMI products play a critical role in the HDTV transition by bridging the content delivery gap between content providers and consumers. PC graphics platforms have very distinct audio and video requirements. Silicon Image is the first to market HDMI and DVI-HDCP transmitters designed specifically for PC platforms that interface seamlessly to discrete and integrated graphics controllers, demonstrating both the company’s dedication to the HDMI market and underscoring its ongoing commitment to offering cost-effective HDMI products optimized for specific applications.

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