MANHASSET, N.Y. Microtune Inc. (Plano, Texas) and Toshiba Corp.'s Toshiba Module Group have cooperated to develop a digital cable-ready TV tuner module that will be used in a number of high-definition televisions (HDTVs) Toshiba is unveiling.
Based on Microtune's MicroTuner MT2111 single-chip tuner, Toshiba's module is a ready-to-manufacture RF-to-video subsystem that complies with U.S. digital TV standards, including the DCR regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for digital cable-ready TVs. The module will be deployed in nine of Toshiba's new projection high-definition TVs expected be available in the U.S. beginning Fall 2004.
For Microtune, the Toshiba announcement is another chapter in the comeback of the once financially-troubled tuner company.
Microtune unveiled a 1-GHz tuner, the MT2121, earlier this year, and has converted many of its tuners to lead-free packaging.
Microtune's MT2111 offers the equivalent functionality of four tuners (off-air NTSC analog, off-air ATSC digital, cable NTSC analog, and cable QAM digital) in a miniature single-chip device fabricated of silicon germanium. The device integrates all active RF components, including a low noise amplifier (LNA) and intermediate frequency (IF) amplifier, in a ¼ in. square package.