Truly we are living in the future. A California-based semiconductor company has announced a smartphone/tablet chip that offers desktop-level video output via USB-C, perfect for both big-screen connection and virtual reality headsets.

Analogix Semiconductor, Inc. today announced the availability of its SlimPort® ANX7688, the first single-chip mobile transmitter to support 4K 60 frames per second (4096x2160p60) or FHD 120 frames per second (1920x1080p120) video resolution from a smartphone or tablet with full function USB-C, ideal for applications such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) … 

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The company says that the chip is designed to ‘pair seamlessly’ with any Qualcomm-based phone or tablet with a USB-C port. The secret to the performance is converting HDMI output to DisplayPort within the chip.

Analogix is demo-ing the chip at Mobile World Congress this week. USB-C is expected to become the smartphone port of choice in the coming year.

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USB-C image: giga.de

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