LONDON Chinese telecoms equipment company ZTE has partnered with Siano Mobile Silicon Ltd. to produce a model of 3G DVB-H mobile phone capable of receiving video sequences and television programs, according to Siano.
ZTE’s first DVB-H phone, based on Siano’s multi-standard receiver chip, is due to go on distribution in Italy by Telecom Italia Mobile within the next few weeks according to sources.
The launch is expected to make ZTE (Shanghai, China) the first Chinese mobile phone maker to commercialize a mobile TV phone. The phone, called the Brionvega or N7100, includes 240 by 320 pixel color screen, 2-megapixel camera and 3.6-Mbit/s HSDPA modem.
The SMS1000 chipset from fabless chip company Siano (Netanya, Israel) is a quad-band, multi-standard mobile TV receiver. A combination of RF tuner and demodulator, the SMS1000 supports DVB-H, DVB-T, DAB, DAB-IP and T-DMB mobile digital standards, allowing ZTE to reuse its mobile TV phone for other standards and markets.
The N7100 is due to demonstrated at the 3GSM conference and exhibition in Barcelona, on Feb. 12 to Feb. 16 at ZTE's booth. The DVB-H network in Italy provides coverage in over 2500 Italian Towns, reaching approximately 75 percent of the Italian population, Siano said.