, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based start-up focused on the development of a "universal broadband receiver."
The company, founded by Silicon Valley's serial entrepreneur George Haber, took its wraps off at the CES. Using a core technology called "programmable broadband receiver," CrestaTech demonstrated a "region-free TV," capable of receiving analog or digital TV broadcast, radio and GPS signals.
CrestaTech's universal broadband receiver, called CrestaTV, consists of "extremely programmable RF and Interface IC and multi-threaded signal processing software," according to Haber.
The initial CrestaTV, scheduled for sampling in the second quarter of this year, is capable of tuning, demodulating and decoding TV signals ranging from analog TV, U.S. digital TV (based on 8-VSB modulation) to cable (based on QAM) and European digital TV system called DVB-T (based on OFDM), with the horsepower available in a PC or embedded system.