Microtune introduces the MicroTuner MT2060, a single-chip tuner that reduces RF costs by 25%, space by 25% and power by 40% compared to its previous generations. When this device is integrated into subscriber premise equipment, it will enable cable operators to deliver primary-line telephony that meets carrier-class levels of quality, service and reliability.
The MT2060 delivers the price/performance, power efficiency and reliability required in DOCSIS based telephony modems and PacketCable-based EMTAs. It can also be integrated into performance-hungry consumer devices like: multi-tuner digital set-top boxes, DVB-T and DVC-T set-top boxes, PC/TVs and flat-panel LCD TVs.
The MT2060 was made using silicon germanium, for very high performance, while still maintaining low power usage. It is a complete broadband tuner with integrated IF filter, low-noise amplifier and input controls. It is packaged into a miniature, multi-functional ¼-inch square chip that operates with a 3.3-volt supply. The tuner consumes only one watt of power and features a software-selectable operating mode that dissipates a mere 800 milliWats, the lowest power for a high-performance silicon tuner in the industry.
“Cable telephony forms an integral part of cable operators’ triple play of video, voice, and data services, and it is now poised to reach the majority of U.S. cable TV subscribers,” explained Mike Paxton, senior analyst with technology research firm In-Stat/MDR. “Power is a critical issue for cable modems and other consumer access products that utilize VoIP for primary-line telephony service. A tuner that consumes only one watt of power will be an important step forward for RF technology in VoIP cable products.”
“Microtune is a leading supplier of tuners for broadband communications applications, including circuit-switched cable telephony,” said James A. Fontaine, Microtune’s President and CEO. “We brought this market experience, backed by RF technology deployed in millions of DOCSIS-certified cable modems, to the development of the MT2060. With it, we are driving the high performance of our field-proven, DOCSIS-certifiable dual-conversion architecture into a very low-power tuner. We are also the first in the industry to integrate the first IF filter into a dual-conversion tuner, driving down costs.”