Thomson shows ATSC-compliant set-top reference design

Thomson is demonstrating a prototype of the first in a series of ATSC-compliant set-top reference designs that will include a new Thomson Silicon Solutions IC and all software from drivers through to the user-interface.

The new Thomson 4300A, shown at the recent NAB show, is targeted at the entire ATSC converter market including digital set-top box and original design manufacturers. Thomson's Silicon Components group will make samples available of the chip in the first quarter of 2007, with production slated to begin in the second half of 2007.

Thomson said integrated circuits that consolidate the reception and demodulation of digital TV signals are a key ingredient in the development of new and affordable products that will help consumers receive digital television signals by the end of the DTV transition in 2009.

The company said it is actively marketing the Thomson 4300A as a one-chip solution for electronics manufacturers needing both an affordable and high-quality reception solution for terrestrially broadcast digital TV signals.

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