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'Smallest' mobile TV tuner targets Japan market

Posted: 16 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile TV tuner? digital CMOS technology? silicon tuner?

MaxLinear Inc. has rolled MxL7001, touted to be the world's smallest silicon tuner for mobile TV. Based on the company's next-generation TV tuner platform, MxL7001 is a 1.9-by-1.9mm single-die, digital CMOS IC, one tenth the packaged area of MxL5000-family ICs.

Kishore Seendripu, MaxLinear president and CEO, said the first market for the MxL7001 tuner would be Japan, where the mobile TV market based on ISDB-T already has significant volume and is experiencing rapid growth. Citing analyst estimates, MaxLinear said Japan's mobile TV market is expected to grow to between 20 million and 30 million units in the next 12 months.

Using a standard digital CMOS process technology, the MxL7001 consumes 65mW of power, reducing battery draw and minimizing heat dissipation. The device supports both ISDB-T 1-segment and 3-segment applications while eliminating the need for external balun, SAW filters and IF amplifier. Future product extensions of MxL7001 will support other mobile TV standards like DVB-H.

The MxL7001 is now sampling and will be available in production quantities towards the end of Q2. Additionally, several OEMs are in the latter stages of developing MxL7001-based products to be launched in June.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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