The DA8223 is heralded as the world's first real time 2D to 3D video conversion chip for portable devices including smartphones and tablet PCs. The device also integrates a parallax barrier screen driver that eliminates the need for special glasses to view 3D content. The IC analyses each 2D video frame and creates a layered depth map, isolating foreground and background objects. From this, each original image pixel is mapped into left and right eye pixels that, when viewed through a parallax barrier filter on the display module, renders the 3D image directly. The DA8223 integrates the complete 3D conversion process, which means, unlike traditional software-based solutions, there’s no extra load on the application processor and no external memory requirement. The 5x5mm 81-ball UFBGA chip can be mounted on the PCB between the application processor and 3D display or on the display module as a chip-on-flex. Samples will be available early in 2011. DIALOG SEMICONDUCTOR INC., Sunnyvale, CA. (888) 809-3816.