Microtune MicroCeiver IC Platform for Digital and Cable TV Electronics

Microtune’s MicroCeiver platform is an ultra-small, low-cost technology platform for the digital TV and cable TV markets. The MicroCeiver platform packs radio frequency (RF) analog and digital signal processing system on a single chip. The radio frequency-to-baseband solution offers the building-block architecture for a new family of fully integrated front-end receivers that will bring low cost, miniature footprints and excellent signal reception quality to manufacturers creating next-generation digital televisions, set-top boxes, cable entertainment hubs and IP video electronics. The MicroCeiver architecture will reduce engineers’ development time and production costs, while enabling them to create consumer products for global markets that span multiple applications, product lines and international television reception standards.

MicroCeiver Platform Highlights

  • The best sensitivity of any receiver on the market today
    The MicroCeiver system is engineered to achieve a superior noise figure and sensitivity. Using a low noise signal path in combination with a high linearity path, it dynamically optimizes its configuration by sensing the characteristics of the incoming signal. As a result, the platform is engineered to receive TV signals in congested RF signal areas or in fringe areas, even where competitive solutions fail. The MicroCeiver architecture achieves the superb performance that has distinguished for many years Microtune’s best-in-class technology. It enables manufacturers to create end products that offer a quality, compelling viewing experience to TV and cable consumers across the most diverse of signal reception conditions.

  • Superior level of integration
    The MicroCeiver system packs support for analog and digital TV and cable standards into a single highly integrated chip. The technology enables manufacturers to develop global products with minimal additional bill of materials.

  • Optimized receive chain
    By combining RF analog and digital signal processing capabilities and integrating power reporting functions, the MicroCeiver architecture enables superior signal status reporting, better than any previous class of classic receiver configuration. This unique capability feeds signal information for every condition across the entire receiver path to optimize performance.

  • Enhanced reliability and manufacturability
    The entire MicroCeiver system results in a more compact, more reliable receiver, ensuring manufacturers peak performance and reduced manufacturing costs in a single, drop-in solution.

The MicroCeiver system is based on a proprietary new architecture that breaks the separate tuner and demodulator paradigm. It fuses RF analog (tuner) and digital signal processing (demodulator or channel decoding) capabilities together in a symbiotic relationship in a dense single chip, erasing the distinctions across these functional boundaries. As a unique feature, it deploys internal algorithms that continually optimize key functions across the receive chain to achieve the highest-quality demodulated output.

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