Samsung Electronics announced that it has developed a DVB-H (digital video broadcasting for handhelds) front-end chipset that has both a Zero-IF (Intermediate frequency) CMOS (complimentary metal-oxide semiconductor) RF tuner (S5M8600) and a DVB-H/T-compliant (DVB handheld and terrestrial TV standard) channel decoder (S3C4F10) with a CPU and embedded memory.
Samsung's combined solution looms large in today's DVB-H market, where chipmakers only provide either RF tuner or baseband-channel decoder chips, but not the two combined into a complete solution.
With the Samsung chipset, mobile phone makers entering the DVB-H market can shorten their product development cycle and speed market introduction by foregoing compatibility testing and chip interface adjustments between the radio frequency tuner and the channel decoder.
The DVB-H standard compliant SoC baseband channel decoder (S3C4F10) represents the industry's first single-chip channel decoder solution, completed with all memories needed for Link Layer operations such as MPE-FEC decoding and IP-Decapsulation.
Samsung's Zero-IF CMOS RF tuner chip (S5M8600) supports DVB-H networks internationally. This enables manufacturers to build handsets for European and U.S. markets using the same tuner and software. For mobile phones targeted to handle planned broadcast TV service in the U.S., the tuner operates in the L-Band (1670-1675 MHz) frequency range. For those targeted at Europe, it also will function within the European UHF frequency range (470-890 MHz) and the L-Band spectrum likely to be allocated for European mobile TV broadcast (1452-1477 MHz).
Samsung Electronics plans to introduce its dual-mode solution supporting both terrestrial DMB (digital multimedia broadcasting) and DVB-H standards by mid-year 2006.
The global DVB-H market is expected to grow rapidly, from five million units in 2006 to more than 50 million units by 2008.