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Function Cable driver, Cable driver with reclocker, Reclocker Power consumption (mW) 300 Data rate (Max) (Gbps) 11.88 Control interface SMBus, SPI Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85
Function Cable driver, Cable driver with reclocker, Reclocker Power consumption (mW) 300 Data rate (Max) (Gbps) 11.88 Control interface SMBus, SPI Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 85
WQFN (RTW) 24 16 mm² 4 x 4
  • Supports ST-2082 (Proposed), ST-2081 (Proposed), SMPTE 424M, 344M, 292M, 259M, DVB-ASI, SFF-8431 (SFP+) and 10GbE Ethernet for SMPTE 2022-5/6
  • Locks to Rates 11.88 Gbps, 5.94 Gbps, 2.97 Gbps, 1.485 Gbps, or Divided by 1.001 Sub-Rates, DVB-ASI (270 Mbps) and 10GbE (10.3125 Gbps)
  • Reference-Free Operation With Fast Lock Time Covering All Supported or Selected Data Rates
  • 75-Ω and 100-Ω Transmitter Outputs
  • Integrated 2:1 Mux Input, 1:2 Demux/Fanout Outputs
  • Automatic Slew Rate Based on Input Rate Detect
  • On-Chip Eye Monitor
  • Low 300-mW Power Consumption With Automatic Power Down on Loss of Input Signal
  • Programmable Through SPI or SMBus Interface
  • Single 2.5-V Supply Operation
  • Small 4-mm × 4-mm 24-Pin WQFN Package
  • –40°C to +85°C Operating Temperature Range
  • Supports ST-2082 (Proposed), ST-2081 (Proposed), SMPTE 424M, 344M, 292M, 259M, DVB-ASI, SFF-8431 (SFP+) and 10GbE Ethernet for SMPTE 2022-5/6
  • Locks to Rates 11.88 Gbps, 5.94 Gbps, 2.97 Gbps, 1.485 Gbps, or Divided by 1.001 Sub-Rates, DVB-ASI (270 Mbps) and 10GbE (10.3125 Gbps)
  • Reference-Free Operation With Fast Lock Time Covering All Supported or Selected Data Rates
  • 75-Ω and 100-Ω Transmitter Outputs
  • Integrated 2:1 Mux Input, 1:2 Demux/Fanout Outputs
  • Automatic Slew Rate Based on Input Rate Detect
  • On-Chip Eye Monitor
  • Low 300-mW Power Consumption With Automatic Power Down on Loss of Input Signal
  • Programmable Through SPI or SMBus Interface
  • Single 2.5-V Supply Operation
  • Small 4-mm × 4-mm 24-Pin WQFN Package
  • –40°C to +85°C Operating Temperature Range

The LMH1218 device is a low-power cable driver with integrated reclocker to drive serial video data compatible to SMPTE-SDI, SMPTE 2022-5/6, 10GbE Ethernet, and DVB-ASI standards. The LMH1218 supports up to 11.88 Gbps to enable Ultra High Definition Video for 4K/8K applications. With 75-Ω and 50-Ω transmitter outputs, the LMH1218 enables multiple media options such as coax, fiber, and FR-4 PCB.

The integrated 2-to-1 MUX on the input of the LMH1218 enables selection between two video sources, while the programmable equalizer compensates for the printed-circuit board loss to extend signal reach. With a wide range clock-and-data recovery (CDR) circuit, the on-chip reclocker automatically detects and locks to serial data from 270 Mbps to 11.88 Gbps without the need for an external reference clock and loop filter component, thereby simplifying board design and lowering system cost. The reclocked serial data can be routed to either the 75-Ω or 50-Ω transmitter output, or both simultaneously (1-to-2 fanout mode). The output voltage swing is compatible to SFF-8431 (SFP+), ST-2082/1 (Proposed), SMPTE 424M, 344M, 292M, and 259M standards.

A non-disruptive eye monitor allows for real-time measurement of serial data to simplify system start-up or field tuning. The LMH1218 can be programmed using SPI or SMBus Interface.

The LMH1218 device is a low-power cable driver with integrated reclocker to drive serial video data compatible to SMPTE-SDI, SMPTE 2022-5/6, 10GbE Ethernet, and DVB-ASI standards. The LMH1218 supports up to 11.88 Gbps to enable Ultra High Definition Video for 4K/8K applications. With 75-Ω and 50-Ω transmitter outputs, the LMH1218 enables multiple media options such as coax, fiber, and FR-4 PCB.

The integrated 2-to-1 MUX on the input of the LMH1218 enables selection between two video sources, while the programmable equalizer compensates for the printed-circuit board loss to extend signal reach. With a wide range clock-and-data recovery (CDR) circuit, the on-chip reclocker automatically detects and locks to serial data from 270 Mbps to 11.88 Gbps without the need for an external reference clock and loop filter component, thereby simplifying board design and lowering system cost. The reclocked serial data can be routed to either the 75-Ω or 50-Ω transmitter output, or both simultaneously (1-to-2 fanout mode). The output voltage swing is compatible to SFF-8431 (SFP+), ST-2082/1 (Proposed), SMPTE 424M, 344M, 292M, and 259M standards.

A non-disruptive eye monitor allows for real-time measurement of serial data to simplify system start-up or field tuning. The LMH1218 can be programmed using SPI or SMBus Interface.

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* Data sheet LMH1218 Low Power Ultra HD Cable Driver With Integrated Reclocker datasheet (Rev. E) PDF | HTML 12 Jun 2018
Application note LMH121x 12G SDI PCB Layout Guidelines 19 Feb 2020
Application note LMH12xx MADI Compatibility Application Note PDF | HTML 30 Aug 2018
User guide LMH1218 Programming Guide (Rev. B) 12 Jun 2018
Technical article Three reasons why a bidirectional I/O will simplify your next 4K video design 06 Sep 2017
Technical article Three things to consider when upgrading to 4K Ultra HD 12G-SDI interfaces 13 Apr 2016
Technical article SigCon Architect: The keys to your high-speed design 27 Oct 2015
Application note SDI Video Bit Rate Calculation 10 Apr 2015
EVM User's guide LMH1218EVM User's Guide (Rev. A) 24 Mar 2015

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LMH1218EVM — LMH1218 Evaluation Module

The LMH1218EVM evaluation module provides a complete high bandwidth platform to evaluate the SDI/UHD and 10 GbE signal conditioning features of the Texas Instruments LMH1218 UHD Cable Driver with Integrated Reclocker. The LMH1218EVM can be used for standard compliance testing, performance (...)

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Reference designs

TIDA-00428 — 12-Gbps SDI and Video Over IP Repeater With Reclocking Function

This verified reference design is a 12G SDI and Video over IP repeater with reclocking function compatible with SMPTE (ST-2082, ST-2081, ST-424, ST-292, and ST-259) and 10 GbE electrical requirements. This design is applicable to either coax or optical cable applications.
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