Microtune sings a set-top tune
Hoping to find a comfy home inside cable-set tops and residential gateways, Microtune introduced the MT2100 family of chip-based tuners fabricated in silicon germanium.
Microtune, which has been most active with cable modem RF products over the last three to four years, said its silicon will shine most under "must-carry" conditions, when cable operators distribute analog and digital channels. While existing dual conversion tuners work, the power required to run them is at extremely lofty levels, said Microtune President Jim Fontaine.
Fontaine said Microtune's MT2111, the first silicon tuner in the 2100 family, exceeds OpenCable's RF requirements, dissipating just 1.5 watts.
The added performance (and smaller, 1/4-inch form factor) does factor into the costs, however, as the MT211, which Microtune plans to sample in Q1 2002, goes for $9 per unit in volumes of 10,000.