QUALCOMM intros universal mobile TV chip

QUALCOMM has announced a single-chip Universal Broadcast Modem (UBM) supporting three mobile broadcast standards.

The UBM unifies the world's leading mobile TV standards into a single chip with support for FLO technology, Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H), and one-segment Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T).

The company said the new chip creates a common platform that handset manufacturers can leverage to address multiple standards.

The UBM is designed as a companion to QUALCOMM’s Mobile Station Modem (MSM) baseband chipsets, but also can be used with other products. It leverages the processing power of the Enhanced Multimedia and Convergence Platforms, eliminating the need for additional dedicated application processors for more power-efficient devices with smaller form-factors.

QUALCOMM said the UBM chip includes support for the entire UHF bandwidth — 470MHz to 862MHz; tunable modes 5MHz, 6MHz, 7MHz and 8MHz channel bandwidths; and support for single- and multi-frequency networks.

Designed to be compatible with both CDMA2000 and WCDMA/UMTS devices, the UBM chip is expected to sample in the first quarter of 2007.

For more information visit www.cdmatech.com/ubm.