Sony Creates a Digital TV Tuner Module
Sony Japan has announced that it will ship samples of their mini digital television broadcast tuner will ship soon. The new module will be used by manufacturers to enable mobile phones and PDA's to receive broadcast TV.
The "BTD-ZJ611" tuner is smaller than a postage stamp and has a digital interface for simple integration into other digital devices as a PDA, laptops and mobile phones. Sony says the module is the smallest of its kind and has the lowest power consumption.
The chip can receive a common radio signal input for VHF (1-12 channel) and UHF (13-62 channel). The modules dimensions are 20mm×16mm×2mm and it consumes 150mW of power in use.
Samples of the module will begin shipping in December. It will sell to manufacturers for 50,00 yen, or approximately $445.
Sony showed a concept TV Tuner Memory stick at the last CeBit. The product was a concept mock up and Sony has not announced any devices that will make use of the new technology. Sony also has standard analogue TV broadcast chips in the works. The chips were unveiled in October of 2002, however no new information is known at this time.
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