Digital View - About

controllers

Over the past 20+ years as the major electronics companies eveloved the consumer LCD TV market, Digital View has played a key role enabling the commercial and industrial display market with its LCD controllers.

Since 1995

Digital View was founded in March 1995 in Hong Kong and England with the California, USA office opened about a year later. Over its 23 year history it has tracked the developments in LCD display technology to provide highly reliable electronics enabling LCD monitors and video displays in a very broad range of non-consumer applications. When the company was founded 1024x768 was about the highest resolution available for production LCD panels with 640x480 still being very common, the panel interface was TTL, sizes were less than 20" diagonal and the aspect ratio was 4:3. At this time the input signals were typically Composite Video (PAL, NTSC, SECAM) or ARGB normally known as VGA. For the profesional video market although a digital standard, SDI, had been around since 1990 analog Component was still widely used.

The broadcast market moved up in resolution with HD-SDI in 1998 and then the consumer market got its first digital video interface with DVI in 1999. HDMI based products started appearing in late 2003 and Displayport was first released in 2006. Digital View introduced controllers to match these standards ensuring the conmmercial market cold develop niche market displays using them.

23 years later, in 2018, we see LCD panels with resolution of 3840x2160 (usually referred to as Ultra-HD or 4K) and higher in mass production for the non-consumer market, the common panel interfaces are LVDS, eDP and V-by-One, sizes are exceeding 100" diagonal and the common aspect ratio is 16:9 but with 16:10 and 4:3 still being readily available as well as super wide models.

Products

Tracking the developments in the LCD panel technology and the release of video signal standards Digital View has released an average of 3 models a year. To provide display system developers with the easiest route to making a finished product we sought to provide flexibility both for the input signals and the output panel support with our multi-panel functionality.

In addition to further enhance the capabilities of finished displays we added RS-232 command support followed by Ethernet connectivity. This was complemented by a range of accessories that included the basics such as the buttons and cables as well as more application specific such as display monitoring for the digital signage market.

For display systems to be used in harsher environments complementary versions were released with higher spec components, physical modification and conformal coatings.

controllers

LCD Controller Release Date History

Date launched
1995 AC-9511
1996 AC-9606
1997 PN-9701
1998 AC-1024, AV-0640, AV-0800, DC-550/555, SV-1024, SV-N705
1999 AC-0640, AC-0800, AC-1024v3, ACM-1024, AV-1024, AV-1280, MAV-1280
2000 AC-9512, ACG-1024, ACL-1024, SVP-1280/SVP-1600
2001 SV-1600
2002 ACL-1280, AVP-1280
2003 DVI-1280, SV-1600+
2004 AL-1024, AL-1280
2005 SVH-1920
2006 ALR-1400, SP-1600
2007 DVI-2560, DVS-1600, HE-1400, HE-1600
2008 HE-1920, SVH-1920+
2009 AVP-1600, HX-1920, SVX-1920
2010 HVX-1920L
2011 ALR-1920, ALR-1920-120, ALR-1920-SDI, DD-1920, SGX-1920, SGX-1920L
2012 HG-1920
2013 DD-1920-DVI
2014 DD-1920-HDMI, SVX-1920v3, SVX-2560, SVX-3840
2015 DD-1920-VGA, DD-1920-HDBT, SVX-3840, SVH-1920v2
2016 SVX-4096

Some Display Industry Milestones:
VGA - 640x480 introduced in 1987
XGA - 1024x768 introduced in 1990
After this the industry started moving away from standard 4:3 aspect ratios as well as moving to digital interfaces
DVI was introduced in 1999
HDMI was introduced in 2003
Displayport was introduced in 2006