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Philips steers rear-seat automotive entertainment systems into new era of global accessibility, flexibility

Philips Semiconductors

PAL/NTCS Auto-Detect/Switch Feature Builds on Philips' Expertise in Consumer Electronics Digital Solutions

Sept 16, 2003- Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands unveiled the latest addition to its line of products geared toward mobile entertainment applications. Featuring a new PAL/NTSC auto-detect/switch, the company's digitally based thin-film-transistor (TFT) video display module is the first-ever to automatically detect and switch between the world's two major video-signal standards—NTSC and PAL. Easily incorporated into rear-seat automotive entertainment (RSE) systems, the module will provide flexibility and cost savings for OEMs and automotive integrators, enabling them to use a single RSE system regardless of the geographic region for which the car is intended.

Philips' video display module is a 7" digital TFT with QVGA resolution. Its built-in TV decoder can also read a wide range of input signals (RBG-analog, CVBS, YUV and YC) to accommodate changing customer applications, and the display architecture's digital signal processor (DSP) significantly enhances picture performance compared to analog displays. Parameters such as color, tint, brightness and luminance are controlled via a single LIN or I˛C data-control protocol. This feature helps extend the cost savings afforded by the PAL/NTSC auto detect/switch, which requires no additional software or user interface to activate. Other features include wide viewing angles, high luminance (450 cd/m2), a self-heating backlight and an integrated inverter.


Engineering samples of the video display module are available on request. The product will be available in production quantities in the first quarter of 2004.

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