Lattice Semiconductor and Pioneer & Onkyo Select the Lattice HDMI eARC Receiver IC for Entertainment Systems

April 04, 2019

Lattice Semiconductor and Pioneer & Onkyo Select the Lattice HDMI eARC Receiver IC for Entertainment Systems

Pioneer Selects Lattice SiI9437 Receiver IC for Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) HDMI 2.1 Capabilities.

PORTLAND, OR. Lattice Semiconductor announced that Pioneer & Onkyo Corporation has selected the Lattice HDMI eARC Receiver IC to provide “eARC” features for its Pioneer Elite 7.2 channel SC-LX502 and Elite 9.2 channel VSX-LX503 home A/V receivers.

The new eARC feature in HDMI Specification 2.1 solves the problem of forward compatibility between the AVR and newer televisions. The eARC feature offers higher audio quality and simpler connectivity features that improve upon existing home theater interconnections. It is also backward-compatible with the previous HDMI-ARC specification and supports all HDMI Home Theater Formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS-X.

The HDMI Specification 2.1 is the most recent update of the HDMI specification and supports a range of higher video resolutions. Using the eARC feature, the AVR does not need to connect in between the Source device and television.

Lattice has a broad range of small form factor, low-power FPGAs, to enable connectivity and computing in prosumer A/V equipment such as HDTVs, home theater receivers and AR/VR headsets. Lattice offers a range of port processors and video processors that:

  • reduce the workload for the TV’s primary processor
  • ensure interoperability and faster switching between device ports
  • enhance picture quality
  • upscale lower-resolution video content to UltraHD (4K)

“Adding HDMI eARC to our cutting-edge Elite line of A/V receivers gives our customers a forward-compatible home theater solution, designed to support enhanced 4K and 8K televisions of the future,” said Pioneer & Onkyo Corporation’s Director, Akira Takahashi. “With HDMI eARC, our A/V Receiver can play surround-sound audio, including high-bitrate audio, from the television’s built-in streaming apps, as well as from devices attached directly to the TV.”

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