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STB module delivers pocket TV experience

Posted: 17 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STB module smallest? TV reception? portable application?

Ceramate Technical Co. Ltd has announced the availability of the CT500, claimed to be the smallest STB module.

The CT500 module is a full featured DVB-T receiver and MPEG2 video decoder: antenna IN, video OUT. As small as 20mm x 38mm, and power consumption of 850mW, the device fits into any portable device such as DVD player, navigation systems, media players, pocket TVs and any other convergence device. The CT500 was designed as a partnership with Abilis Systems and C&M Microelectronics, two leaders for mobile TV products

"This module reinforces our strategy to serve our customers with breakthrough added value solutions, ready for a direct integration into their handheld devices," said Robert Cheng, CEO of Ceramate."With such a small size and power consumption, not to mention a highly competitive price, DVB-T reception will become a must-have feature.

The CT500 module is based on the AS-102, a single chip DVB-T receiver from Abilis Systems, produced in a 5mm x 5mm CSP package. Requesting very few external components, this chip enables the smallest footprint for a complete DVB-T receiver. "Our receiver is now a mature product, which has been extensively characterized throughout Europe. Thanks to our software defined radio approach we have been able to steadily improve the performances in real life conditions, to outperform the benchmarked alternative solutions," declared Yves Mathys, CEO of Abilis.

Schedar1 is an ultrasmall MPEG-2 single-chip audio/video/system decoder for mobile/portable TV solution. It provides low- power, cost-effective solution, yet with advanced audio/video controls. "Schedar series are based on proven Video IP solutions (MPEG-2/ H.264 from Chips&Media) which most SoC companies have used. Another new product, Schedar2, which is the world's smallest (7mm x 7mm form factor) MPEG-2 decoder includes 16MByte SDRAM inside, is coming soon. We, C&M Microelectronics will continuously provide more competitive digital broadcasting products to mobile/portable customers continuously," said Jesse Lim, CEO of C&M.

The Ceramate product line of mobile STB will be demonstrated at this week's Mobile World Congress.

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