Trident to Unveil the Industry's First Integrated 240Hz Frame Rate Converter for 3D Televisions

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
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The Trident FRC-V Chipset Delivers Substantial System Cost Savings and Features Major Enhancements to Trident’s Patented Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation Technology

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Trident Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRID), the leader in frame rate converter (FRC) products, today announced that it will be unveiling the industry’s first-integrated 240Hz frame rate converter solution at this week’s IFA show in Berlin. The new Trident FRC-V is the only single-chip solution that can convert 50Hz and 60Hz material directly to new 200/240Hz systems, enabling substantial system cost savings and higher refresh rates needed for 3D display. In addition, Trident has made significant enhancements to the FRC-V’s motion estimation and motion compensation (MEMC) technology to eliminate movie judder, motion blur, and halos to provide the sharpest, clearest and most vivid picture quality on the market.

“We designed the Trident FRC-V to meet our customers’ requirements for lower system cost and industry-leading picture quality in 240Hz systems,” said Dirk Wieberneit, senior vice president and general manager of the Trident TV Business unit. “With the only 240Hz single chip solution on the market and patents for MEMC, Halo free and FRC technology, Trident is well positioned to capture these next generation designs and deliver enhanced multimedia experiences to consumers.”

About the Trident FRC-V Solution

The new Trident FRC-V motion compensated frame rate converter is the new high-end discrete component of the Trident IC family. With the worldwide market growth in flat panels and the introduction of HD, the Trident FRC-V becomes the new flagship for high-quality TVs. It is optimized to meet the needs of upcoming HD broadcast content as well as new HD blu-ray players, and will also support the latest LCD technology with frame rates up to 240 Hz. The Trident FRC-V is the best IC in the market that, at the same time, can eliminate motion blur and sharpen film content, including large area flicker reduction for source material up to 240p. The Trident FRC S+ is a 120Hz version of the FRC-V frame rate converter product family.

The Trident FRC V/S+ is ideally suited to work in conjunction with the HiDTVPRO-SXL video processor to expand the digital TV applications into 240Hz and 120Hz segments. The device comprises LVDS interfaces, memory controller for external SDRAM, and high-performance algorithms for motion blur elimination by motion compensated frame rate conversion.

Product Availability

The Trident FRC-V will be sampling to customers in Q4, 2010.