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Siano cuts Asian deals for its DTV chipset

Posted: 15 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Joel Bainerman? Siano Mobile Silicon? chipset? digital TV? DTV?

Israeli startup Siano Mobile Silicon Ltd, a developer of chipsets for mobile reception of digital TV broadcasts, has forged deals with three Asian mobile DTV carriers.

Siano's chipset is based on NDS's mVideoGuard MDTV conditional access and digital rights management technology. The technology has been integrated with mobile DTV middleware, and on Siano's silicon receiver. MVideoGuard secures content at the broadcast head-end, and enforces security on client devices.

The companies are Alps Electric, Compal Communications of Taiwan- and Singapore-based Innoxius.

The chipset addresses customers seeking to integrate mobile DTV functionality into mobile and smart phones and PDAs.

Utilizing zero-IF technology, the chip set is being touted as eliminating the need for components such as SAW filters and synthesizers. The chip handles error correction layers and channel-separation processing without overloading the host processor. The chipset will also allow mobile DTV device makers to design multiple products for different markets using a single chipset.

Siano recently conducted a $20 million, Series B investment round led by Jerusalem Venture. The round has been left open to new investors.

- Joel Bainerman
EE Times

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