What is GVIF?

GVIF (Gigabit Video InterFace) is a video interface developed by Sony in 1996 for high quality uncompressed video transmission from digital video hardware.

The biggest advantage of this video interface was that it did not need any specific multicore cables or signal super converters but required only cable with twisted pair, transmitter and receiver chips. Video signal could be transmitted over twisted pair at a distance up to 20 meters. Data was transmitted in real time at a high rate with no image quality loss.

In comparison with features of other interfaces available at that time GVIF was a real break-through.
Data transfer Rate Cable/Weight Content
Usage in
car industry
MOST 50 m 50 Mbps Fiber optics/Light DTCP Yes
IDB1394 50 m 400 Mbps Fiber optics, Cable/Middle-weight DTCP Yes
LVDS 10 m 2.5 Gbps Cable/Heavy N/A Yes
HDMI 10 m 5 Gbps Cable/Heavy HDCP No
GVIF 20 m 2.0 Gbps Twisted pair/Light HDCP Yes
Having invented GVIF technology Sony was ahead of time and did not manage to implement its brainchild. However, in course of time customers appeared for whom advantages of this technology were obvious. Step by step it started to be used in various domains:

Nowadays GVIF interface is used for video signal transmission and reception in famous car brands such as Toyota, Lexus, Land Rover, Range Rover, Jaguar, Nissan, Infiniti, Subaru, Mazda, Opel, and Cadillac. And the list is continuing to grow.

Flow chart of GVIF interface application in the car:

Guess how many devices may be covered by GVIF interface
based on this chart.
Don't even try.
At least 11:

GVIF Application in the Car

Flow chart of GVIF interface application in the car
  • 1Navigation display (multidisplay)
  • 2Navigation box
  • 3Parking cameras (up to 5)
  • 4Park assist control module.
  • 5Flip down monitor
  • 6Headrest monitors (2)
  • 7DVD player
The example above is just the beginning; there can be even more advanced configurations. However, it sometimes happens so that user himself feels uncomfortable when his car lacks TV tuner or any other device which helps him to fill in the time, for example, in a traffic jam, or such vital business assistant as – carputer (CarPC). In all cases mentioned above you cannot do without special video converter which can transmit video signal from any video source to the on-board car monitor. However, these are not all the advantages of the GVIF technology. Find more at gvif.com soon!

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