Onkyo AVRs Add HDMI Preview, Mobile Source Technologies

Onkyo audio/video receivers will include Silicon Image's InstaPrevue that allows for live picture-in-picture HDMI preview and MHL technology for 1080p mobile source device connection.

CE Pro Editors · December 21, 2011

Silicon Image (NASDAQ: SIMG) and Onkyo announced the first line of Audio/Video Receivers (AVRs) featuring Silicon Image’s InstaPrevue technology and MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) technology.

InstaPrevue technology provides live picture-in-picture preview of HDMI and MHL inputs connected to the AVR, allowing users to view and select a live preview window to switch between their Blu-ray Disc player, DVD player, game console, or other HDMI or MHL-enabled connected devices. With InstaPrevue technology, consumers no longer need to cycle through inputs or navigate text-based menus (i.e., HDMI1, HDMI2, HDMI3, etc.) to switch between source devices.

MHL technology is an HD audio/video connectivity standard that enables a mobile device to transmit 1080p uncompressed video with up to eight channels of digital audio over five pins, while also supporting HDCP content protection. MHL-enabled AVRs, such as those manufactured by Onkyo, provide power to the mobile device when connected via MHL, ensuring that the device battery is charged and ready to use even after viewing a full-length feature movie. Consumers are also able to control MHL-enabled mobile devices using the existing AVR remote.

“Silicon Image’s InstaPrevue technology is a unique, value-added feature that will enhance and differentiate our AVR products,” says Ken Araki, director of product planning and marketing, Onkyo Sound & Vision Corporation. “We’re pleased to be the working with Silicon Image and proud to be the first to market with AVRs incorporating InstaPrevue technology.”

“The 2012 Onkyo AVRs add to the growing MHL ecosystem of DTVs, smartphones and tablets, and are the first to support InstaPrevue technology,” says Alex Chervet, senior director of marketing at Silicon Image. “InstaPrevue technology offers a simple and seamless viewing experience by taking the guesswork out of switching between HDMI sources. With InstaPrevue technology, consumers see a live preview of each active HDMI or MHL input connected to an AVR, making it easier and more intuitive to switch between a Blu-ray Disc player, set-top box, DVD player, game console, MHL-enabled smartphone or other MHL or HDMI-connected devices.”

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