SAN FRANCISCO Fabless RF system-on-chip (SoC) vendor RF Magic Inc. has unveiled a single-chip silicon tuner developed specifically for applications compliant with the digital video broadcasting over cable (DVB-C) standard in use in Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa, the company said Tuesday (March 27).
RF Magic (San Diego) said it has, in cooperation with STMicroelectronics NV, certified full firmware interoperability of its new DVB-C silicon tuner IC, RF4800, with STMicro's newest video demodulator and integrated MPEG decoder/demodulator. According to RF Magic, the RF4800 is ideal for motherboard designs in set top box (STB) applications.
The combination of the RF4800 and the STV297E and STi5107 devices from STMicro enable a more compact receiver design with a footprint one-fourth the size of current adopted technology, according to RF Magic.
CAN tuners have traditionally been the preferred tuner solution for DVB-C STB applications. But driven by the increasing need for small form factor and high performance, silicon tuners are being rapidly adopted by the industry, RF Magic said.
"Our ability to deliver this bundled DVB-C tuner and receiver is quite significant, not only for our company but for the industry as well," said Mark Foley, RF Magic president and CEO. "We have already proven successful in sales of other silicon tuners through cooperation with STMicroelectronics. The addition of the RF4800 DVB-C will add to our prior success in delivering complete turnkey solutions to the market."