On Jan. 29, Samsung Electronics developed an advanced display driver IC capable of delivering high-quality resolution in premium 8K TVs. The world’s largest chipmaker said the new DDI boasts an “industry-leading” intra-panel data transfer speed of up to 4 Gbps.
The new display driver will make possible a new generation of slim, bezel-less 8k TVs, with display sizes 65-inches and above. Capable of intra-panel data transfer speeds up to 4-gigabit-per-second, the DDI S6CT93P adopts the company’s Unified Standard Interface for TV (USI-T) 2.0. It doubles the previous USI-T 1.0’s intra-panel speed of 2Gbps with a boost to the DDI’s data transfer to enhance the efficiency of a display’s system performance and reduce the need for additional components.
To deliver true 8K resolution, it is essential for today’s DDIs to support a high-speed 4Gbps intra-panel interface – Ben K. Hur, senior vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics
As more consumers seek immersive viewing experiences with high detailed clarity and realistic colors on big-screen TVs, its displays require higher pixel densities on larger panels. Given that 8K resolution has four times the number of pixels than 4K UHD, the amount of image data to be transferred within a panel must increase accordingly and the number of components to support that task.
The Samsung 8K DDI’s advanced performance at 4Gbps intra-panel interface speed minimizes the added clutter around the display panel, offering more freedom in premium 8K TV designs.
The updated interface also supports a smart equalizer (EQ) feature that utilizes two-way channels between the timing controller (TCON) and individual DDIs. Rather than manually calibrating each DDI, the smart EQ can program all DDIs in a panel simultaneously, reducing the possibility of bit errors and resources required for panel production.