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CrestaTech Universal Broadband Receiver steps up choices for PCTV

Introduced at CES 2009, CrestaTech’s new CrestaTV Universal Broadband Receiver combines a programmable silicon receiver and software to offer a configurable tuner for free-to-air live analog or digital TV broadcasts, radio and GPS signals.

CrestaTV supports all major standards with a programmable analog IC and software-based signal processing. This allows OEMs to standardize on a single system design — although it has to be programmed for each broadcast standard — for all geographic regions, the company said, streamlining product design and deployment and reducing overall system costs.

The CrestaTV system includes the CTC-200/201 programmable RF and interface IC as well as multithreaded signal processing software. The total solution dissipates only 500mW of power under maximum load. Supported frequencies include 42MHz-864MHz and L1 band. OEMs can implement CrestaTV on PCIe cards for desktops and PCI mini-express cards or USB TV sticks for laptops.

The company offers a suite of companion software applications, including CrestaWare for fast channel-scanning, enhanced reception and TV and radio tower geolocation, as well as an open platform for the development of social media and user-generated content programs.

The CrestaTV Universal Broadband Receiver will be available for evaluation in the second quarter of 2009 and to consumers later in the year.

For more information, visit www.crestatech.com.