Analogix’s Slimport powers next-gen tethered VR headsets
Announcing the first commercial solutions to enable the highest resolutions and fastest response times throughout the entire virtual reality (VR) data communication channel, Slimport display controllers from Analogix Semiconductor, have been implemented in the recently launched tethered VR head mounted displays (HMD) such as the Microsoft Windows 10 mixed reality headsets.
The ANX753x family of DisplayPort to Quad MIPI-DSI controllers drive the high resolutions required by today’s most performant VR HMDs at up to 120 frames per second. They have DisplayPort 1.4 input, 16-DSI lanes per device, and support for HDCP 2.2/1.4 high-bandwidth digital content protection. They can be used in USB-C and non-USB-C applications and can manipulate a variety of video scan modes.
“We are working closely with VR headset makers as well as VR display panel manufacturers to ensure interoperability and provide high-performance turnkey solutions that are fully compliant to industry standards,” said Michael Ching, vice president of marketing for Analogix. “With a long experience in DisplayPort, our technology and product roadmap enable future generations of VR headsets to have the power and pixels of a true high-end VR experience.”
The ANX753x is part of a suite of commercial VR products designed to address current and future needs of the VR data communication channel, enabling reliable and high-performance transmission of video, data, and power between the VR source and the HMD. Analogix’s suite of VR solutions also includes integrated port controller solutions for VR HMD designs which require USB-C ports. There is the ANX7327, a USB-PD 3.0 port controller with an integrated de-mux supporting switching at data rates of up to 10Gbits per second, which can be used in conjunction with the ANX753x family.
Analogix also offers single-chip bridge solutions and re-timer with integrated USB-C switch solutions for VR system designs using legacy interfaces, such as HDMI and standard DisplayPort, and needing to connect to USB-C, including the HDMI 2.0 + USB 3.1 to USBC Adapter (ANX7688 bridge) and DisplayPort 1.4 + USB 3.1 to USB-C Adapter (ANX7440 re-timer with USB-C switch).
Analogix also supplies signal integrity 10Gbit per second re-timer solutions for USB-C cable extenders implemented in active VR cables with extended lengths (ANX7440, ANX7496, ANX7490).
Product demonstrations are taking place during CES 2018 (9-12January), at Analogix’s booth #20539 in LVCC South Hall 1.