Silicon Image

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Silicon Image Inc.
Subsidiary of Lattice Semiconductor
Industry Semiconductors
Headquarters Hillsboro, Oregon, USA
Key people
Darin Billerbeck, CEO
Products Semiconductor and intellectual property products for mobile, consumer electronics, and PC markets

Silicon Image (nasdaq|lscc) is a provider of semiconductors for the mobile, consumer electronics and personal computers (PCs). It also manufactures wireless and wired connectivity products used for high-definition content. The company’s semiconductor and IP products are deployed by the electronics manufacturers in devices such as smartphones, tablets, digital televisions (DTVs), other consumer electronics, as well as desktop and notebook PCs. Silicon Image, in cooperation with other companies, has driven the creation of some global industry standards such as DVI, HDMI, MHL, and WirelessHD.

Silicon Image was founded in 1995, and is traded on the NASDAQ market under the symbol SIMG. It is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, employs around 600 people worldwide and has regional engineering and sales offices in India, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.


  • October 1999: Silicon Image raises $46.8 million in initial public offering[citation needed]
  • March 2000: Silicon Image Inc. agreed to buy the closely held DVDO Inc. for $45 million in stock to add technology for digital televisions, DVD players and high-definition video.[1]
  • June 2001, acquired CMD Technology Inc., a provider of SCSI and Fibre Channel storage controllers for the UNIX, Open Systems and PC markets as well as a supplier of IDE/Ultra ATA semiconductors for the PC and embedded markets.
  • June 2007: Silicon Image shipped its 1 millionth DTV input processor[citation needed]
  • January 2009: Silicon Image wins Emmy Award for HDMI technology [2]
  • July 2009: 3D product portfolio announced[citation needed]
  • January 2010: Silicon Image ships more than 20 million InstaPort-enabled port processors[citation needed]
  • April 2010: The Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) Consortium is formed with Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony and Toshiba as promoters[citation needed]
  • April 2010: HDMI specification version 1.4 released [3]
  • September 2010: The number of firms adopting the HDMI standard surpasses 1,000[citation needed]
  • October 2010: Silicon Image unveils first MHL-enabled products [4]
  • December 2010: Silicon Image introduces ViaPort technology[5]
  • February 2011: Silicon Image completes acquisition of Anchor Bay Technologies[6]
  • May 2011: Silicon Image completes acquisition of SiBEAM, Inc.[7]
  • May 2011: Silicon Image unveils third-generation WirelessHD 60 GHz chipsets [8]
  • September 2011: Silicon Image introduces InstaPrevue™ technology [9]
  • February 2012: Silicon Image establishes new R&D centre in Hyderabad, India [10]
  • May 2012: Silicon Image unveils next-generation MHL products [11]
  • October 2012: Silicon Image announces new video processors for next-generation home theater applications [12]
  • December 2012: Silicon Image announces the 60 GHz WirelessHD® Mobile Transmitter for Smartphones and Tablets [13]
  • March 2013: Silicon Image announces the expansion of its Shanghai research and development (R&D) center with nearly 150 people in engineering, sales and support roles [14]
  • August 2013: MHL Consortium announces new specification with major advancements for mobile and consumer electronics connectivity [15]
  • September 2013: Silicon Image announces first 4K UltraHD MHL 3.0 receiver IC with HDCP 2.2 in support of secure premium content [16]
  • September 2013: HDMI Forum releases version 2.0 of the HDMI specification [17]
  • December 2013: Silicon Image introduces industry's first MHL® 3.0 4K Ultra HD solution for mobile devices [18]
  • January 2014: Silicon Image announces world's first full-bandwidth dual-mode HDMI 2.0 / MHL 3.0 IC with HDCP 2.2 [19]
  • February 2014: Silicon Image enters Small Cell wireless backhaul market with industry's first single-chip beam steering 60 GHz RF transceivers [20]
  • December 2014: Silicon Image announces that Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has made a $7 million strategic investment in Silicon Image’s new subsidiary, Qterics, for a 7 percent ownership interest.[21]
  • January 2015: Silicon Image announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, SiBEAM, Inc., is being re-launched to drive forward with Silicon Image's current and future wireless initiatives, focusing on millimeter-wave technologies, products and solutions for wireless communications.[22]
  • March 2015: Silicon Image is acquired by Lattice Semiconductor for $600 million.[23]


The company sells semiconductor hardware and intellectual property (IP) products. Silicon Image's products are deployed by electronics manufacturers in consumer devices like PCs, mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras.[citation needed]

The company is involved in industry standards such as HDMI, DVI, Serial Port Memory Technology (SPMT), Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), and the standard for 60 GHz wireless HD video - WirelessHD (WiHD).[citation needed]

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  5. ^ Jason, Knott (January 17, 2011). "ViaPort Eliminating HDMI 'Handshake' Problems". CEPro. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ Udgirkar, Trushna (February 17, 2012). "US-based Silicon Image opens R&D unit in Hyderabad". MydigitalFC. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ Clarke, Peter (May 14, 2011). "Silicon Image to buy SiBeam for $25 million". EE Times. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
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