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Samsung to use Microtune chips in OpenCable TVs, set-tops

Mon, 09/22/2003 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd. said it is combining a single-chip tuner from Microtune Inc. with its integrated QAM/VSB tuner demodulator (ITD), a component that will provide both RF tuning and demodulating functions in new digital TVs and OpenCable-based set-top boxes.

Samsung said it will deploy the MicroTuner MT2111 alongside ITD model DTNM2000AIL, which is scheduled for production later this year. Samsung Electro-Mechanics is a supplier to sister company Samsung Electronics, maker of a broad line of digital TVs, cable modems and set-tops.

The MicroTuner MT2111 handles performance requirements of both the ATSC and OpenCable set-top box specs, Microtune said. Coupling its efforts in the OpenCable arena, Microtune unveiled a reference design that conforms with the FCC-approved "Plug-and-Play" standard for set-top-free digital TVs.

"When integrated with a QAM/8-VSB demodulator, [Microtune's silicon tuner] enables manufacturers to develop high-quality TV products with cable compatibility, a key feature for driving the worldwide transition to digital television," said Samsung Electronics Vice President Ki-Ho Park, in a statement.

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