YAKUM, Israel — Japan's Renesas Technology Corp. will work with Metalink Ltd. to integrate Renesas’s SH4 and Metalink's 802.11n processors for applications in the home entertainment market.

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YAKUM, Israel — Japan's Renesas Technology Corp. will work with Metalink Ltd. to integrate Renesas’s SH4 and Metalink's 802.11n processors for applications in the home entertainment market.

At the opening session, Rhines awarded the Phil Kaufman Award to Verilog creator Phil Moorby for Moorby's work in advancing the discipline of design automation. An informal poll taken at the end of the keynote session here found that Verilog remains the most popular language being applied to new system designs.

Next year's DATE conference is scheduled for Nice, France. That's surely to be a welcome relief for returning attendees, who were met here by the greatest snowfall in Germany (three feet) since 1942.


PLANO, TX —Anticipating the massive technology transformation that will convert the North American TV market to all-digital broadcasts, Microtune®, Inc. unveiled a breakthrough 3-in-1 TV tuner engineered to drive very high-end digital TV reception quality into the cost-sensitive consumer TV mass market.

Integrating three tuners, analog, digital and cable, in a tiny chip smaller than a thumbtack, Microtune’s new MicroTuner MT2131 tuner delivers benchmark-setting performance that exceeds all three existing U.S. TV requirements: ATSC, NTSC and Digital Cable Ready (DCR). Eliminating more than one hundred components from the silicon tuner bill of materials, the MT2131 slashes RF chip cost by sixty percent. By dramatically breaking through the sub-$3.00 cost barrier, it finally enables manufacturers to deploy a tuner with an unmatched level of performance across all TV models, sizes and price points, from multi-tuner, giant-screen home theatres and DCR TVs to affordable DVD recorders and inexpensive DTV set-top converter boxes.


Based on years of R&D investment, the MT2131 is engineered to be the industry’s best TV tuner,” said James A. Fontaine, Microtune’s President and CEO. It is the only device, module or silicon, to fully support both analog and digital TV transmissions across either cable or terrestrial broadcasts. Manufacturers can use our single, flexible tuner to cost-effectively smooth the digital transition across all kinds of TV electronics, while bridging the multiple standards that co-exist today.”

While the quality of the TV display has recently commanded a great deal of consumer focus, it is the tuner that actually sets the quality of the TV signal, the quality of picture and, ultimately, the quality of the TV experience viewed through the screen.


Since 1998, the U.S. digital TV transition has been marred by complaints from broadcasters and consumers that the digital TV signal specified by ATSC does not work as well as expected,” said Gerry Kaufhold, Principal Analyst with In-Stat. As Congress and the FCC move toward complete cut-off of analog TV signals in February 2009, the viability of digital terrestrial services is under critical pressure to perform up to par. Tuners using a dual-conversion architecture approach, such as Microtune's newly announced MT2131 silicon tuner, are designed to provide the best-in-class reception needed to realize the inherent advantages and strengths of digital transmission.”

From a consumer perspective, the MT2131 is engineered to solve each of the three technical problems commonly identified by consumers as sources of DTV dissatisfaction —TV picture break-up from interference, TV picture freezing and TV picture loss. In fact, it also significantly improves TV reception using indoor antennas, another major consumer-related concern associated with today’s digital broadcasts.

The company, which markets its chips under the Synic name, sells into many of the top-tier Japanese brands, from Sony and Onkyo to JVC and Pioneer–a clear sign the strategy has worked. After a reorganization in 2003 that put its focus on wireless audio, Syncomm's revenue has jumped form a few hundred thousand dollars in 2004 to expectations of about $12 million this year.

Worthy of emulationThe story is one that many small companies in Taiwan would like to copy. Syncomm could have made a run for the mainstream Wi-Fi space but chose not to, figuring it would get clobbered in a bloody market with top-tier competitors. We knew that we were capable of designing OFDM [orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing], so we could get in and have a product, but today the Marvells and Broadcoms do not want to drop out of this market,” Huang said. There aren't enough new and profitable markets for them to jump into, so they are just lowering their prices.”

Looking into niche opportunities with high barriers to entry that net high-margin returns is one way for the island's companies to buffet themselves against increasing competition at home and abroad. In the wireless-headset space, Syncomm is a market leader. Now it is eyeing wireless speakers, which may have huge potential as A/V system makers increase the push for 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound home theaters.

The company is working on a handful of chips that will come out later this yea. They include an upgrade for its high-end audio chip that migrates it from CD quality (48 kHz, 16 bits) to SACD quality (96 kHz, 24 bits) and a chip that supports 5.1-channel sound, microphone and multiroom wireless.

At the end of this year, Syncomm expects to move into video apps for security and for delivery of standard definition to secondary TVs.

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