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Reference design offers tuner, baseband and video processing

Posted: 28 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:frontier silicon? c&s technology? reference design? terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting? t-dmb?

Frontier Silicon and C&S Technology Inc. are offering a complete, system-level reference design for Korean terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB). The reference design is initially developed for automotive applications in which consumers can receive digital broadcast services while on the move, but will also provide mobile handset manufacturers with a working design upon which they can rapidly develop and launch mobile handsets both for the Korean market as well as for other regions intending to launch T-DMB broadcast services.

Frontier Silicon is providing its Apollo RF front-end receiver and Kino advanced terrestrial digital multimedia (T-DMB) processor for the reference design. The Apollo is a tri-band dual mode device that is optimized for size and power consumption, making it well suited for use in mobile devices. Power consumption is specified at less than 80mW and it measures 5-by-5-by-0.9mm in a 32-pin QFN package. The Kino chip consumes 100mW of power and supports a full decoding rate of more than 1.8Mbps.

The reference design teams the Apollo and Kino with the Neptune multimedia processor from C&S Technology. Neptune is a single-chip multimedia processor designed to handle video and audio decoding for T-DMB and S-DMB (Korean satellite digital multimedia broadcasting), and it also features a hard-wired H.264 video decoder.

- Janine Love


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