SAN FRANCISCO TV chip vendor MaxLinear Inc. Wednesday (April 11) rolled out what the company bills as the world's smallest silicon tuner for mobile TV, the MxL7001.
According to MaxLinear (Carlsbad, Calif.), the MxL7001, based on MaxLinear's next-generation TV tuner platform, is a 1.9mm x 1.9mm single-die, digital CMOS IC. The device is one tenth the packaged area of MaxLinear's MxL5000-family ICs, according to the company.
"Handsets will not get bigger just to support broadcast TV," said Kishore Seendripu, MaxLinear president and CEO, in a statement. "They don't have to, thanks to this new family of silicon tuners that leverage digital CMOS process technology."
Seendripu said the first market for the MxL7001 tuner would be Japan, where the mobile TV market based on ISDB-T already has significant volume and is experiencing rapid growth. Citing analyst estimates, MaxLinear said Japan's mobile TV market is expected to grow to between 20 million and 30 million units in the next 12 months.
Using a standard digital CMOS process technology, the MxL7001 consumes only 65mW of power, reducing battery draw and minimizing heat dissipation, according to MaxLinear. The device supports both ISDB-T 1-segment and 3-segment applications while eliminating the need for an external balun, SAW filters and IF amplifier, the company said. Future product extensions of MxL7001 will support other mobile television standards like DVB-H, MaxLinear said.
The MxL7001 is now sampling and will be available in production quantities early summer 2007. Additionally, several OEMs are in the latter stages of developing MxL7001 based products to be launched this summer.
MaxLinear will continue to offer the MxL5000 for fixed and portable television tuner applications, the company said.