CES 2009: Two New ATSC Tuners Introduced

January 16, 2009
While I didn't make it to CES this year, I have been watching to see if there was any significant ATSC USB tuner or ATSC demodulator chip news. So far, I haven’t seen any announcements of new ATSC demodulator chips, but there were at least two new ATSC tuners introduced.

One of these is from Dell, and was designed as a USB add-on to its Inspirion line of notebook computers. The other, the AVerTV Hybrid Pocket Express PCTV tuner card model H968, is designed to fit into the 54mm ExpressCard slot available on many newer notebook PCs. This frees up a USB port and keeps the tuner card inside the computer. A thin jumper cable connects it to an antenna.

AVerMedia says a high gain antenna is included in the package. The H968 is able to receive ATSC, ClearQAM, NTSC and FM radio signals. For additional information, see the AVerMedia Web site.

Pricing for the Dell USB DTV tuner starts at $50. According to the company, it works not only with Windows but also with the Dell customized version of Ubuntu Linux 8.04. Dell said it teamed with Hauppauge Computer Works and Siano Mobile Silicon to design the USB Digital TV Tuner. The tuner will be offered as an option for the new Inspirion Mini 10 series of small, inexpensive, notebook computers.

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