Sony will begin to ship samples of its lineup of silicon tuner modules, which incorporate Sony's silicon turner IC that conform to worldwide broadcast systems.
In light of the market's transition from coil to silicon tuners, Sony is launching 40 small, high-performance silicon tuner modules, which incorporate its proprietary radio frequency circuit technology.
Sony has developed different types of silicon tuner modules including antenna switch models, loop-through function,demodulator models for digital broadcasts, and dual tuner models.
By using Sony's silicon tuner modules, LCD TV and Video recording equipment manufacturers can realize improved production efficiencies. For example, they can reduce the number of necessary components as well as implement common global design for both hardware and software.
The modules have been designed to withstand ingress noise from peripheral circuits because it uses Sony's proprietary radio frequency circuit and simulation technologies.
In addition, spontaneous-emission noise can be minimized, which simplifies product development.
Sony's silicon tuner modules are also eco-friendly with low power consumption (40% less than Sony's conventional coil tuner) and standby mode (50mW). In addition, they are immediately compatible with new broadcast systems such as, "DVB-T2" (Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial 2).
Sony started mass production of silicon tuner modules in 2008 and has cumulatively produced more than 10 million modules (as of June 2010).
Specifications of the thinnest silicon tuner module
Dimensions: 25x30x5mm (Size:3.8cc)
Power consumption: 500mW (Typical)
Reception frequency: 47-866MHz
Analog: Fp = 2.2-8.2MHz
Digital: Fc= 3.8-5.1MHz