TI Marks an Industry First with LMH1218; Extends Supports to SDI and IP based 4K Video

By CIOReview | Friday, April 10, 2015
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DALLAS, TX: Industry’s first makes its way into the market, thanks to Texas Instruments as it launches LMH1218 that equips engineers with the capabilities for designing video infrastructure equipment for SDI or Internet protocol (IP) formats with a single component. The solution will extend support to uncompressed 4K ultra high definition (UHD) video transmission using serial digital interface (SDI) and 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) protocols

The LMH1218 saves nearly 40 percent of board space, comes with an integrated reclocker and extends support to coax cable as well as optical media. The roll out aims to simplify the design of applications such as broadcast video routers and switches, digital signage, test and measurement equipment, medical imaging, and security and surveillance equipment. Apart from these other benefits stated by the firm are:

Transport Flexibility: Supports SDI and IP-based video infrastructure, allowing engineers to use a single device for either output or design end equipment with both output options.

Reduced System Complexity: An integrated referenceless reclocker eliminates the need for external components to transmit over either optical or coax media. Competing solutions require two or more devices to support each media type.

High Data Rate: Transmits up to 12 Gbps, enabling UHD resolution of 4K at a 60p frame rate over a single coax cable.

Low Power: Typical power consumption is 300 mW, which on average is 30 percent lower than a discrete solution of cable driver and reclocker.

Board Diagnostics: The eye-monitor function plots incoming signals and detects vertical or horizontal eye openings, which can be used to enhance system reliability.

Currently available at a price of US$25, the LMH1218 also possess an evaluation module that helps in efficient designing and evaluation of device features and performance.