12.01.2006 08:00 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Microtune unveils new lower-power analog/digital TV tuner for portable devices

Microtune has announced a new tuner chip that brings digital TV to PC notebooks, portable TVs, tuner sticks, portable DVD players and other small devices that demand both high performance and lower power. Called the MicroTuner MT2130, the new tuner, when integrated into portable consumer products, allows users to watch analog and digital TV across cable or off-air broadcasts, time-shift programs and capture video for multimedia applications.

The MT2130 is based on the architecture of the company’s three-in-one tuner — the MT2131 analog/digital/cable tuner, a silicon TV tuner that meets the ATSC standard. Based on its real-world experience with mobile and PC-TV tuner applications, Microtune designed the MT2130 to meet the specific RF technical requirements of power-sensitive, space-constrained products.

The MT2130 has three tuners — analog, digital terrestrial and cable — and supports multiple TV transmission standards, including ATSC, QAM, DVB-T, ISDB-T, DMB-T, NTSC, PAL and SECAM.

At 1/4in, the MT2130 chip fits into very small designs, such as dongle or flash-stick packages, and can be configured in multituner architectures, which enable diverse applications and permit users to watch and record two or more channels simultaneously.

For more information, visit www.microtune.com.

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