Silicon Optix Intros Teranex Digital Processing Solution

Silicon Optix has launched Realta with HQV technology for the residential marketplace.
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San Jose, CA--Silicon Optix has launched Realta with HQV technology, a fully programmable single-chip video processor that brings Teranexs $60k Hollywood Quality Video to the home entertainment and professional large-area digital display markets.

"After three years of collaboration between Silicon Optix and Teranex, the highly anticipated end result is now unveiled," said Paul Russo, chairman and CEO, Silicon Optix. "The Realta chip incorporates revolutionary technologies that will drive the next wave of digital video processing, and is targeted to set a new standard in video quality."

The Realta chip combines Teranexs trillion operation per second broadcast quality video processing with Silicon Optixs proprietary geometric scaling technology to create a new standard for image quality, a standard Silicon Optix is calling "Hollywood Quality Video" or HQV.

Realtas Hollywood Quality Video includes Teranexs software algorithms that have been refined through 100,000 hours of content verification over the past six years by hundreds of the most demanding customers world-wide--the "Golden Eyes" of Hollywood post production and broadcast including NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, WB and Turner networks, according to the company.

"We distribute content for 25 network feeds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Where up-conversion is involved, it is important to us that it results in the highest possible image quality," said Ron Tarasoff, vice president, broadcast technology and engineering, Turner Entertainment Networks. "After comparing the up-conversion results of equipment from a number of manufacturers we selected the Teranex product."

"With Realtas HQV technology, consumers for the first time will be able to afford Teranexs video processing excellence that the Hollywood community has enjoyed for years," said Dennis Crespo, vice president of marketing, Silicon Optix. "As the Realta chip is integrated into home entertainment products the HQV logo will rapidly come to be synonymous with the very finest video display quality possible."

Todays hard-wired video processing chips attempt to support all types of displays with fixed "average" values and that consequently deliver "average" picture quality for all of them. Realtas programmability allows consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers to keep pace with newly developed content and optimize image quality for different types of display technologies such as Plasma, LCD, DLP, HTPS, D-ILA and LCOS.

Realtas Hollywood Quality Video Processing includes:

HQV True 1080i to 1080p/QXGA De-interlacing HQV technology uses the full four-field processing window for HD video de-interlacing and cadence detection, preserving details in HD imagery.

HQV SD/HD Multi-Direction Diagonal Filter (MDDF) A true 10-bit diagonal interpolator that removes any "jaggies" and/or stair-stepping artifacts from de-interlaced video sources without blurring the image.

HQV Noise Reduction A fully automatic per-pixel adaptive software algorithm that adds a new dimension of pixel-by-pixel noise and motion measurement, detecting and reducing the analog and MPEG noise that currently plagues DVD and broadcast sources while maintaining full image fidelity.

HQV Detail Enhancement Watching standard-definition (SD) images on HD displays often produces a blurring effect resulting in a disappointing visual experience. HQV detail enhancement improves the image detail on a pixel-by-pixel basis, delivering SD that approaches HD quality.

HQV Automatic Film Mode Cadence Processing A quantum improvement in automatic handling of film and video sources such as 3:2 and 2:2 sequences common to broadcast and DVD. HQV processing provides industry-first support for "Vari-Speed" cadences such as 3:2:3:2:2 commonly used for movies broadcast on television, as well as 5:5, 6:4, and 8:7, cadences used for the many different styles of animation. HQV cadence processing ensures that users will always be viewing film and video sources in the original format without loss of resolution. HQV technology is first to offer 3:2 insertion at HD, an important requirement of the new HD Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formats coming soon to the consumer market.

HQV Automatic Per Pixel Video/Film Detection Rather than making frame level decisions for video vs. film processing, typically causing severe artifacts to occur in sequences such as video titles and movie credits over film backgrounds, HQV delivers cinema-like quality by making pixel-level decisions, thus precisely processing film pixels as film and video pixels as video.

HQV 16 to 1024-Tap Adaptive Scaling Resolution up and down-scaling requires a large set of image samples to prevent the introduction of visually unacceptable artifacts. Realta delivers unprecedented image scaling quality by providing the industrys first 16 to 1024-tap adaptive over-sampling scaling engine to maintain the highest image quality.

Also included are: true 10-bit processing, equal quality two-channel processing and optional eWARP-2 geometry processing.

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