PLANO, Tex. -- Microtune Inc. here announced a development and supply pact with Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector, which plans to use radio-frequency tuner chips from the Texas startup to build cable products for high-speed Internet, video, and telephone services to homes.
The supply agreement provide for certain guaranteed purchase volumes of RF tuners, said Microtune, which did not release the details of the arrangement. The agreement is effective through the end of 2001.
Motorola plans to migrate its products from traditional tuner modules to silicon base solutions, said Dan Moloney, senior vice president for the company's IP Networks business unit. Motorola's Broadband Communications Sector, based in Horsham, Pa., plans to use the tuner chips in existing and next-generation cable products.
The agreement also calls for Motorola to provide technical support for Microtune's effort to develop the next generation of its silicon-based "gateway" tuner solutions, which are being developed to meet the functionality, low-power and cost requirements of broadband cable products. Microtune rolled out its first IC tuners in early 1999 (see Feb. 1, 1999, story).