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BeagleBoard-xM System
Reference Manual

Revision C.1.0

Page 94 of 164

In order to minimize board size, a HDMI connector was selected for the DVI-D
connection. The BeagleBoard does not support HDMI but only the DVI-D component of
HDMI. The Cable is not supplied with the BeagleBoard but is available from numerous
cable suppliers and is required to connect a display to the BeagleBoard. Shield Wire

Each signal has a shield wire that is used in the cable to provide signal protection for each
differential pair. This signal is tied directly to ground. DAT0+/DAT0-

The differential signal pair DAT0+/DAT0- transmits the 8-bit blue pixel data during
active video and HSYNC and VSYNC during the blanking interval. DAT1+/DAT1-

The differential signal pair DAT1+/DAT1- transmits the 8-bit green pixel data during
active video. DAT2+/DAT2-

The differential signal pair DAT2+/DAT2- transmits the 8-bit red pixel data during
active. TXC+/TXC-

The differential signal pair TXC+/TXC- transmits the differential clock from the
TFP410. DDC Channel

The Display Data Channel or DDC (sometimes referred to as EDID Enhanced Display
ID) is a digital connection between a computer display and the processor that allows the
display specifications to be read by the processor. The standard was created by the Video
Electronics Standards Association (VESA). The current version of DDC, called DDC2B,
is based on the I²C bus. The monitor contains EEPROM programmed by the
manufacturer with information about the graphics modes that the monitor can display.
This interface in the LCD panel is powered by the +5V pin on the connector through
RT1, a resetable fuse. As the processor is 1.8V I/O, the I2C bus is level translated by
U11, a TXS0102. It provides for a split rail to allow the signals to interface on both sides
of the circuit. Inside of TXS0102 is a pullup on each signal, removing the need for an
external resistor. HDMI Support


BeagleBoard-xM System
Reference Manual

Revision C.1.0

Page 95 of 164

The digital portion of the DVI-D interface is compatible with HDMI and is electrically
the same. A standard HDMI cable may be used to connect to the HDMI input of monitors
or televisions. Whether or not the Beagle will support those monitors is dependent on the
timings that are used on the BeagleBoard and those that are accepted by the monitor. This
may require a change in the software running on the Beagle. The audio and encryption
features of HDMI are not supported by the BeagleBoard. DVI to VGA

The analog portion of DVI, which provides RGB analog signals, is not supported by the
BeagleBoard. Buying a DVI to VGA adapter connector will not work on a VGA display.
You will need an active DVI-D to VGA adapter. Another option for these signals is to
buy a board that connects to the J4 and J5 expansion connectors and generates the RGB
signals for the VGA display.

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