Cyberlink and DiBcom Partner to Provide DVB-H Solutions Together

DVB-T pioneers Cyberlink and DiBcom have announced that they will co-develop a Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows XP DVB-H solution to allow mobile TV reception on PCs and handheld devices, such as PDAs. The companies have worked together for many years, developing solutions for the rapidly expanding DVB-T market where millions of DVB-T demodulators have already been shipped.

The unique combination of Cyberlink's software stack and DiBcom's hardware/firmware demodulator technology creates a complete solution for end-users to quickly enter a fast growing market. This solution will combine Cyberlink's new DVB-H application building blocks with DiBcom's highly-integrated DVB-H technology in its recently introduced DIB-7070H chip. Form factors for this solution will initially be available in DVB-H SDIO Cards for Windows Mobile 5.0 handheld devices, quickly followed by DVB-H USB sticks for Windows XP-based PCs and UMPCs. A full software solution, including power management, support for handover (which has been field tested) and enhanced zapping time, is also available for easy integration.

Based on the Digital Video Broadcasting to Handhelds standard (DVB-H), CyberLink Mobile TV Solution incorporates technologies that support the playback of audio-video bitstream and Electronic Service Guide (ESG) data to a standards-based device. CyberLink's solution is also compliant with the Convergence of Broadcast and Mobile Services (DVB-CBMS) specifications for Internet Protocol Datacasting using DVB-H.

Integrated in a very small package, the DIB7070-H chipset supports a multi-band receiver capable of receiving broadcast signals in VHF, UHF and L-bands in Europe, Asia and the US. The all-CMOS technology offers a very low-power consumption (0.4W in continuous mode and approximately 40mW in DVB-H mode based on the "time-slicing" process) which adapts automatically to the signal quality.

This is the first time a new standard has arrived on the market with optimum performance - rather than gradually improving from a typical to high level of performance. DiBcom's "proven performance" criteria may become a requirement for every network. The "proven performance" offers better coverage at half the cost for mobile operators, and provides good reception quality of up to 150 km/h for any UHF frequency and in an 8K mode. Another fast evolving requirement from operators is to be able to offer multiple DVB-H services simultaneously, which is also supported by the DIB7070-H chipset.

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