Microtune Brings Latest in RF and Bluetooth Solutions to Automotive Market

10/17/2002 - Microtune®, a radio frequency (RF)-based silicon and systems supplier with a rich history of providing specialized, quality-driven automotive electronics solutions, will showcase its products and the latest customer applications at the upcoming Convergence Trade Show to be held at the COBO Conference Center in Detroit, MI, October 21-23.

Microtune supplies the world's leading automotive manufacturers, aftermarket suppliers, and radio and communications equipment manufacturers from a broad RF electronics portfolio, with products ranging from tuners, transceivers and amplifiers to complete BluetoothTM system-on-chip solutions. Representing the cutting edge of mobile electronics, Microtune's RF components enable worldwide automakers to deploy production-ready, cost-optimized subsystems into vehicular platforms with streamlined implementation, including those for:

"As consumer electronics combine with automotive control, display, and audio systems to create new applications and markets," explained Douglas J. Bartek, Chairman and CEO of Microtune, "Microtune's world-class RF silicon and systems technology enables superior reception systems that allow automakers to offer a host of new in-car services. Backed by our quality-driven engineering and manufacturing, Microtune offers customers RF solutions that deliver robust performance, efficient packaging, maximum design flexibility and decreased time-to-market."

In its Convergence booth, Microtune will showcase automotive RF products supporting the full range of traditional and emerging entertainment, wireless and telematics applications.

AM/FM and Digital Radio
As a long-standing supplier to the Chrysler Group and other major automakers, Microtune is recognized as a developer of world-class AM/FM tuners for high-quality audio systems. The company will demonstrate its suite of products at the Convergence Show, including its flagship MT138X family. Supporting the RF frequency ranges of the U.S., Japan and Europe, the MT138X series provides a compact RF subsystem to meet the high-end performance and quality requirements of global automotive markets.

Leading the wave in support for AM/FM digital radio, Microtune will also display an in-band, on-channel (IBOC)-capable RF digital front-end tuner. The tuner will enable consumers to enjoy added music options, CD-quality audio and access to wireless data services.

In-Car TV and Multimedia
Among the most innovative products in the Microtune automotive portfolio are the offerings supporting in-car multimedia, TV entertainment and broadband video. The company will display not only its high-performance, miniaturized in-car TV tuners, but also the companion products, such as MPEG decoders, DVB-T demodulators and antenna amplifiers, that enable complementary RF functions in a complete 'infotainment' subsystem.

Highlighted in the booth will be Microtune's premier MT5X02 in-car tuners, engineered to deliver superior picture quality and sound under the most demanding mobile conditions. These tuners, currently deployed in multiple worldwide car models, provide a versatile platform to deliver a variety of television/video formats today, while evolving to enable digital broadband data in next-generation products.

Microtune will also feature two recently announced products: the new MT7402 DVB-T tuner, supporting both digital and hybrid analog/digital subsystems, and the new high-performance, low-power MT1110 amplifier, optimized specifically for broadband video applications in multi-tuner, multi-antenna environments.

Telematics Tuners
Telematics services, including navigation, real-time routing, traffic reports, remote diagnostics, weather information and emergency alert capability, are expected to migrate beyond today's luxury-vehicle option to become a standard feature in mid-market cars. At the Convergence Show, Microtune will showcase the MT1390 audio and data FM reception tuner, a cost-effective telematics subsystem that enables driver access to real-time information. In combination with Microtune's MT1383/1384 companion AM/FM tuners, the MT1390 can also be used in dual-tuner AM/FM solutions designed to deliver outstanding system performance with telematics functionality.

Bluetooth Connectivity
Bluetooth technology, expected to play a major role in connecting automotive systems with both vehicle networks and the Internet, permits hands-free, on-board operation of cellular phones, wireless file access for PDAs and laptops, as well as wireless keypad access to rear-seat entertainment displays. Combined with telematics functionality, Bluetooth technology will support a range of advanced applications in the future, spanning remote diagnostics to voice-activated, hands-free communications and control systems.

Microtune provides the enabling Bluetooth technology for integration into various mobile electronics, and the company will demonstrate its solutions in mobile phones, notebook computers and wireless headsets. Microtune's Bluetooth OneChip family, consisting of single-package chips and complementary software, offers the industry's most highly integrated, most complete solution today. For suppliers and for end users, the result is the possibility of smaller, more robust wireless products with better packaging, better ergonomics and better aesthetics.

About Microtune
Microtune, Inc. is a leading silicon and systems company that designs, manufactures and markets radio frequency (RF)-based solutions for the global broadband communications, automotive electronics and wireless connectivity markets. Inventors of the MicroTunerTM single-chip broadband tuner, the Company offers a portfolio of advanced tuner, amplifier, transceiver and wireless products that enable the delivery of information and entertainment across new classes of consumer electronics devices. The Company currently holds 22 U.S. patents for its technology, with more than 50 applications pending approval that span its RF and wireless products, containing more than 2000 supporting claims. Founded in 1996, Microtune is headquartered in Plano, Texas, with key design, manufacturing and sales centers located around the world. Microtune is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange under the symbol TUNE.

Microtune is a registered trademark and MicroTuner, MicroStreamer and VideoCaster are trademarks of Microtune, Inc.

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