updated 2/8/2011 7:16:28 AM ET 2011-02-08T12:16:28

  • Reference Design Enables Lower Cost LCD Panels to Produce Higher Quality Images
  • Solution on Display at IIC China, Shenzhen February 24-26, 2011 at the Microsemi Booth 2C11

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor technology aimed at powering a smart, secure, connected world, today announced collaboration with Sony® Corporation Semiconductor Business Group ("Sony") for the first open market 3D-capable timing controller plus local dimming LED backlighting solution for the manufacturing of lower cost, high volume next-generation LCD TVs. The combined solution includes a Sony timing and lighting controller, part number CXD4730GB and the Microsemi LED driver solution consisting of two chips, the DAZL!™2000 series 32-port logic chip (LX24232) and 8-port LED driver power chip (LX23108L).

The complete turn-key reference design draws on Sony's powerful video and light processing technology and Microsemi's DAZL! LED drive technology, enabling the production of superior, high quality 3D and 2D images using LCD panels from a wide variety of manufacturers. The combined technologies allow lower cost 60 Hz refresh LCD panels to produce the image quality of more expensive 120 Hz panels, and enable 120 Hz panels to match the image quality of costly state of the art 240 Hz panels. TV designers, particularly in rapidly expanding markets such as China, can now create 3D-enabled LCD TVs with enhanced image motion quality and contrast ratio while reducing cost, simplifying design complexity and shortening time to market. Microsemi is also planning to extend its relationship with Sony to include support of Sony's next generation of video and light processing technology.

Key Features of Microsemi DAZL! LED ICs:

  • Increased system efficiency via adaptive digital control of the backlight unit's power supplies
  • SPI communication bus to interface with the video controller or to external FPGA
  • Flexible scanning interface with programmable phase delay for every channel
  • Configurable PWM frequency
  • Advance LED current setting optimized for 3D support
  • Per string voltage monitoring for failure event detection and protection
  • FET arrays with inherent thermal protection
  • Optimized thermal distribution using up to four8-port LED drivers per LED controller
  • High accuracy regulation of channel current: +/-2%
  • Optional FPGA/MCU control block to control LED light intensity using a closed loop
  • RoHS compliant

Key Features of Sony's Timing and Lighting Controller:

  • LVDS Rx IF
  • Timing Generator for LCD driving signals
  • mini-LVDS Tx IF / LVDS Tx IF(TCON bypass mode) (selectable)
  • MEMC with frame rate conversion (2x, 2D/3D support)
  • Horizontal/vertical scaling (3D format support)
  • LED backlight local dimming
  • RGB gamma correction
  • Overdrive function
  • Panel driver IC control function
  • Internal frame memory
  • RoHS compliant

"This joint effort has yielded an easy to adopt yet technologically advanced solution for next-generation LED TVs," said Paul Pickle, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Microsemi's Analog Mixed Signal Group. "The collaboration resulted in a complete turn-key solution supporting advanced features such as scanning LED backlighting and 3D, greatly reducing development time and cost for TV manufacturers."

The solutions will be demonstrated at IIC China, Shenzhen February 24-26, 2011 at the Microsemi booth #2C11.

Availability

Microsemi's DAZL!2000 logic chip LX24232 and DAZL!2001 power chip LX23108L are sampling now and will be in full production March 2011.The timing and lighting controller from Sony (part number CXD4730GB) is available now.

About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq:MSCC) offers the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor technology. Committed to solving the most critical system challenges, Microsemi's products include high-performance, high-reliability analog and RF devices, mixed signal integrated circuits, FPGAs and customizable SoCs, and complete subsystems. Microsemi serves leading system manufacturers around the world in the defense, security, aerospace, enterprise, commercial, and industrial markets. Learn more at http://www.microsemi.com .

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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth in this news release that are not entirely historical and factual in nature, including without limitation statements related to collaboration with Sony® Corporation Semiconductor Business Group for the first open market 3D-capable timing controller plus local dimming LED backlighting solution for the manufacturing of lower cost, high volume next-generation LCD TVs, and its potential effects on future business, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as rapidly changing technology and product obsolescence, potential cost increases, variations in customer order preferences, weakness or competitive pricing environment of the marketplace, uncertain demand for and acceptance of the company's products, adverse circumstances in any of our end markets, results of in-process or planned development or marketing and promotional campaigns, difficulties foreseeing future demand, potential non-realization of expected orders or non-realization of backlog, product returns, product liability, and other potential unexpected business and economic conditions or adverse changes in current or expected industry conditions, difficulties and costs of protecting patents and other proprietary rights, inventory obsolescence and difficulties regarding customer qualification of products. In addition to these factors and any other factors mentioned elsewhere in this news release, the reader should refer as well to the factors, uncertainties or risks identified in the company's most recent Form 10-K and all subsequent Form 10-Q reports filed by Microsemi with the SEC. Additional risk factors may be identified from time to time in Microsemi's future filings. The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and Microsemi does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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         Public Relations
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