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Cheap Digital Tuners on the Way?

March 20, 2006 | Author: Ibex Marketing

Earlier this month, a company named Microtune announced a new chip. The MT2131 actually incorporates three separate tuners on a single chip just 7 mm square: analog NTSC, digital ATSC, and Digital Cable Ready. NTSC is the standard analog broadcast signal, ATSC is the new digital broadcast signal, and Digital Cable Ready means that you don’t need a set top box for the digital cable connection.

Miniaturization and technology integration is always cool, but that’s not why I mention this component. The press release states that the chip will cost $3 in large quantities.

At this size and price, I can see that the price of digital receivers could get a lot smaller, not to mention their size.