[opendtv] Module enables mobile digital TV in cars

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 17:54:53 -0500

The interesting aspect of this article is that the UK and
Germany would be looking to a DMB-T (an elaboration of
DAB/Eureka 147) as a solution for mobile TV broadcast, as
opposed to DVB-H or DVB-T. In fact, Frontier Silicon is
offering the same solution for hand-helds as well.

The 0.8 watt power draw is impressive.


Module enables mobile digital TV in cars
By Janine Love, eeProductCenter
Dec 9 2005 (9:59 AM)

London,UK-Frontier Silicon announces the Roadster T-DMB, a
mobile digital television version of the successful Roadster
automotive DAB module. This latest version of the Roadster
enables the reception of terrestrial digital multimedia
broadcasts (T-DMB) in vehicles.

Roadster T-DMB is initially aimed at Korean car
manufacturers, where the first commercial mobile TV, radio
and multimedia services were recently launched by six major
broadcasters in the Seoul area. Other key areas of interest
for the new module are Germany and the UK, where services
are expected to roll out in time for coverage of the FIFA
World Cup 2006 via mobile devices.

To complement this product, Frontier Silicon is developing
reference designs for complete T-DMB media solutions for
the automotive environment. Roadster T-DMB uses the Eureka
147 specification (also known as DAB technology) to offer a
combination of video and data which, when combined with GPS
information, provides a variety of entertainment,
infotainment and traffic information plus place of interest
information from a single module. This means it allows the
reception of emerging mobile digital TV broadcasts, DAB
digital radio, and telematics features such as Traffic
Message Channel (TMC), TPEG and other traffic data services.

The module is available for either vertical or horizontal
mounting as a fully shielded, self-contained complete system
module featuring Eureka 147 DAB receiver, dual band (Band
III and L-band) high performance RF front end, base band
processor, power supply, flash memory for program and data
storage, additional random access memory and a full suite of
firmware supporting T-DMB and DAB reception.

The module operates from a single +3.3VDC supply consuming
800mW, and also includes a phantom antenna power supply to
support active antenna arrangements. The module measures
61mm x 37mm x 13mm so it can be mounted inside a 1DIN
radio/CD player.

The Roadster T-DMB is priced at US$45 and it is available

Frontier Silicon, +44 (0)1923 474200, www.frontier-silicon.com
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