Samsung plans on bringing mobile TV a huge step forward. They have developed a pair of chips capable of receiving and decoding four mobile digital TV systems
, more compact than before.
Mobile phones which provide TV services have high
chances of coming in smaller and smaller sizes in the near future and be capable of competing with regular handsets which pride with their slimness.
Samsung has announced the first 65 nanometer multi-standard channel decoder and multi-band radio frequency tuner chipset
. It looks like it will be capable of supporting multi digital mobile TV standards including DVB-H/T, DAB-IP, ISDB-T, as well as terrestrial DMB for the multiple standards. This will work in different countries around the world and allow users to customize the services that they want to use.
One of the two chips that Samsung will bring is a multi-band RF tuner, which receives the analogue broadcast signal, while the other a channel decoder. A single chip, containing the two pieces will also be available as a more compact solution.
"With initial product launch targets for the Europe and Asia markets, we are introducing our high performance mobile TV chipset technology with added feature support to serve the needs of the entire mobile TV industry", said Yiwan Wong, vice president, Marketing Team, System LSI Division, Semiconductor Business at Samsung
. This comes in a favorable moment for such releases. "Although a new market, we see high growth potential in mobile TV applications", he further added.
Strategic Analytics market research firm considers that the mobile TV market has high chances of reaching 12 million units by the end of this year and 130 million units in the next four years. This means that the growing rate for this type of technology is of almost 70 percent per year.