Analog Devices Teams with Legend Silicon
Analog Devices Inc. (ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications, announced it has collaborated with Legend Silicon Corp., a supplier of silicon solutions for broadband wireless broadcasting, to accelerate the development of mobile TV receivers for China with the industry's first digital TV standard-compliant receiver solution. The companies will demonstrate this solution for China's newly established terrestrial TV broadcast standard at the International Mobitv Summit & Show 2006 in Shenzhen, China, on September 1 and 2. The new digital terrestrial TV broadcasting standard, coded GB 20600-2006, was announced by the Standardization Administration of China on August 30, 2006, and will come into effect on August 1, 2007. Legend Silicon is the first company to provide a demodulator compliant with the standard.
Coupling demodulators from Legend with low-power RF tuners from ADI's Integrant Technologies, which is a supplier of mobile TV tuners, will enable customers to quickly integrate digital reception into a range of portable devices, including portable media players (PMPs), PDAs, smart phones and laptops. ADI completed its acquisition of Integrant Technologies in July 2006.
The joint demonstration platform meets the low-power, performance and time-to-market requirements that will be needed to support digital reception in portable platforms. Battery efficiency, small form factors, and lower-cost solutions are enabled by the low-power Integrant RF tuner, which will support mobile extensions and applications of the Chinese digital broadcast standard. Analog Devices collaborated with Legend Silicon for its market-leading, second-generation silicon (LS8913) to handle the demodulation of digital broadcasts. ADI also is leveraging its low-power Blackfin processor to perform the MPEG-2 decoding and multimedia processing functions in mobile TV applications.
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