Triple 10-Bit All Format Video DAC - THS8200

THS8200 (NRND)

Triple 10-Bit All Format Video DAC


THS8200 is a complete video back-end D/A solution for DVD players, personal video recorders and set-top boxes, or any system requiring the conversion of digital component video signals into the analog domain.

THS8200 can accept a variety of digital input formats, in both 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 formats, over a 3x10-bit, 2x10-bit, or 1x10-bit interface. The device synchronizes to incoming video data either through dedicated Hsync/Vsync inputs or through extraction of the sync information from embedded sync (SAV/EAV) codes inside the video stream. Alternatively, when configured for generating PC graphics output, THS8200 also provides a master timing mode in which it requests video data from an external (memory) source.

THS8200 contains a display timing generator that is completely programmable for all standard and nonstandard video formats up to the maximum supported pixel clock of 205 MSPS. Therefore, the device supports all component video and PC graphics (VESA) formats. A fully-programmable 3×3 matrixing operation is included for color space conversion. All video formats, up to the HDTV 1080I and 720P formats, can also be internally 2x oversampled. Oversampling relaxes the need for sharp external analog reconstruction filters behind the DAC and improves the video frequency characteristic.

The output compliance range can be set via external adjustment resistors and there is a choice of two settings, to accommodate without hardware changes both component video/PC graphics (700 mV) and composite video (1.3 V) outputs. An internal programmable clip/shift/multiply function on the video data assures standards-compliant video output ranges for either full 10-bit or reduced ITU-R.BT601 style video input. To avoid nonlinearities after scaling of the video range, the DACs are internally of 11-bit resolution. Furthermore, a bi- or tri-level sync with programmable amplitude (to support both 700/300-mV and 714/286-mV video/sync ratios) can be inserted either on the green/luma channel only or on all three output channels. This sync insertion is generated from additional current sources in the DACs such that the full DAC resolution remains available for the video range. This preserves 100% of the DAC's 11-bit dynamic range for video data.

THS8200 optionally supports the pass-through of ancillary data embedded in the input video stream or can insert ancillary data into the 525P analog component output according to the CGMS data specification.


  • Overall
    • Three 11-Bit 205-MSPS D/A Converters With Integrated Bi-Level/Tri-Level Sync Insertion
    • Support for All ATSC Video Formats (Including 1080P) and PC Graphics Formats (Up to UXGA at 75 Hz)
  • Input
    • Flexible 10/15/16/20/24/30-Bit Digital Video Input Interface With Support for YCbCr or RGB Data, Either 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 Sampled
    • Video Synchronization Via Hsync, Vsync Dedicated Inputs or Via Extraction of Embedded SAV/EAV Codes According to ITU-R.BT601 (SDTV) or SMPTE274M/SMPTE296M (HDTV)
    • Glueless Interface to TI DVI 1.0 (With HDCP) Receivers. Can Receive Video-Over-DVI Formats According to the EIA-861 Specification and Convert to YPbPr/RGB Component Formats With Separate Syncs or Embedded Composite Sync
  • Video processing
    • Programmable Clip/Shift/Multiply Function for Operation With Full-Range or ITU-R.BT601 Video Range Input Data
    • Programmable Digital Fine-Gain Controller on Each Analog Output Channel, for Accurate Channel Matching and Programmable White-Balance Control
    • Built-In 4:2:2 to 4:4:4 Video Interpolation Filter
    • Built-In 2x Oversampling SDTV/HDTV Interpolation Filter for Improved Video Frequency Characteristic
    • Fully Programmable Digital Color Space Conversion Circuit
    • Fully Programmable Display Timing Generator to Supply All SDTV and HDTV Composite Sync Ttiming Formats, Progressive and Interlaced
    • Fully Programmable Hsync/Vsync Outputs
    • Vertical Blanking Interval (VBI) Override or Data Pass-Thru for VBI Data Transparency
    • Programmable CGMS Data Generation and Insertion
  • Output
    • Digital ITU-R BT.656 Digital Video Output Port
    • Analog
      • Analog Component Output from Software-Switchable 700-mV/1.3-V Compliant
      • Output DACs at 37.5-Ω load
      • Programmable Video/Sync Ratio (7:3 or 10:4)
      • Programmable Video Pedestal
  • General
    • Built-In Video Color Bar Test Pattern Generator
    • Fast Mode I2C Control Interface
    • Configurable Master or Slave Timing Mode Configuration Modes Allow the Device to Act as a Master Timing Source for Requesting Data From, For Example, the Video Frame Buffer (Master Mode Only Available for PC Graphics Output Modes) Alternatively, the Device Can Slave to an External Timing Master
    • DAC and Chip Powerdown Modes
    • Low-Power 1.8-/3.3-V Operation
    • 80-Pin PowerPAD Plastic Quad Flatpack Package with Efficient Heat Dissipation and Small Physical Size

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Other qualified versions of THS8200

Version Part Number Definition
Enhanced Product THS8200-EP Supports Defense, Aerospace and Medical Applications

Related end equipment

  • DVD Players
  • Digital-TV/Interactive-TV/Internet Set-Top Boxes
  • Personal Video Recorders
  • HDTV Display or Projection Systems
  • Digital Video Systems

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