London, EnglandMobile TV is taking off big time, and many design teams are searching for routes to shorten time-to-money. Serving designers of mobile TV handsets, digital-radio chip vendor Frontier Silicon is now offering an evaluation kit for its TV chipset. The kit is priced at about $1400.
Frontier's Troy kit lets you test and measure the performance of Frontier Silicon's silicon in both laboratory and real-world situations.
Operationally, the Troy kit receives a T-DMB (Digital Media Broadcasting) RF signal on Band III and L Band, and delivers an MPEG-2 transport stream to the host processor for audio and video decoding. To do that, the kit contains the company's Apollo RF receiver IC and Kino 2 chipset. Both let you customize your product.
Moreover, Frontier claims its Apollo is also the smallest low-power RF tuner for T-DMB currently available that supports Band-III, Band II, and L-Band reception. It measures 5 x 5 x 0.9-mm (0.2 x 0.2 x 0.036-in.) in size.
The Apollo is also a low power device, dissipating less than 80-mW. It also typically requires less than 20 external passive support components.
For its part, the single-chip Kino 2 also dissipates about 80-mW, and supports a decoding rate of over 1.8-Mbits/s. It's a multi-mode device that handles all T-DMB variants, as well as DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) and DAB-IP. It also enables software features such as conditional access and data services.
When combined with the multi-band capability of the Apollo silicon tuner, you can develop a handset with mobile TV features compatible with the requirements of T-DMB markets worldwide, including those of China, Korea, and Germany. Note that Frontier Silicon uses Meta and UCC intellectual property from Imagination Technologies.
Media Processor Interfacing
The kit interfaces to all leading media processors. It's also configurable through a USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface. The kit also includes software, all necessary cables, and documentation that will let you set up a PC so it acts as a host processor in a mobile TV system.
In use it will display up to four video streams simultaneously, as well as dynamically configuring and monitoring various parameters. It will process up to four simultaneous T-DMB streams, each displayed in a separate player window on your PC.
What's more, the streams can be started and stopped using Play and Stop buttons. Once evaluation is complete using the PC, a flexible media-processor connector enables interfacing to media and application processor development kits. This can speed mobile TV reference platform development.
Source And Object Code
Supporting dual-band multi-mode operation (Band-III, L-Band for T-DMB, eDMB, DAB-IP), the kit's software includes T-DMB decoder object code and reference PC utility source code. An SPI to--USB bridge (Serial Peripheral Interface) lets a standard PC act as the host processor. The interface connector contains serial SPC, GPIO (general purpose I/O), and I2S (inter-IC Sound) signals.
The kit's media processor connector also supports multiple supply voltages, enabling connection to popular media processor development kits.
For more information contact Steve Evans at Frontier Silicon, Gleneagles Ground Floor, The Belfry, Colonial Way, Watford, Herts WD24 4WH, England. Phone: +44 (0) 1923 474200. Fax: +44 (0)1923 202251.
Frontier Silicon, +44 (0) 1923 474200, www.frontier-silicon.com