Siano launches advanced receiver chip for DVB-T2

Monday, December 16th, 2013
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Optimized for automotive and high mobility reception, this multi-standard mobile DTV chip also supports legacy DVB-T, ISDB-T and digital radio

NETANYA, Israel — Siano Mobile Silicon, the world’s leading supplier of mobile broadcast DTV solutions today announced the launch of a new receiver chip designed exclusively for automotive and mobile consumer electronics applications. Similar to previous Siano chip solutions, the SMS4470 combines an RF tuner with a channel decoding processor, uniquely optimized for automotive and mobile devices. In addition to supporting DVB-T2 technology, the chip supports the legacy DVB-T format deployed in Europe, the Middle East and select regions in South East Asia, as well as ISDB-T, deployed in Japan and Latin America. Further, the SMS4470 supports a range of digital radio formats, including DAB+, DRM+, and the legacy FM radio. Samples of the SMS4470 are already available to select Siano partners and exhibit superior performance of DVB-T2 reception.

DVB-T2, a newly adopted digital broadcast TV technology, offers higher spectrum utilization and improved overall performance than previous technologies. DVB-T2 is already successfully deployed in Russia, India, South Africa, and Thailand, as well as several other APAC countries, and is expected to gradually replace DVB-T all over Europe and the Middle East.

Morris Chiao, CEO of Skyworth Wireless, the wireless division of the Skyworth Group, one of the world’s leading and fastest growing digital lifestyle product design companies, comments, “Siano’s SMS4470 is a perfect fit with our new mobile multimedia products which deploy the new, rapidly growing DVB-T2 technology. We are confident integrating Siano’s chip which combines performance, flexibility and compact size, into our new products.”

Designed for use in Europe, Japan, South America, Africa, the Middle East and APAC, the SMS4470 provides best-in-class sensitivity, mobility and immunity to long-echo interference, and supports up to 4-way MRC diversity, addressing the extreme requirements of automotive applications. Other advanced features include dynamic background scan across various broadcasting standards.

Siano’s SMS4470 is already deployed by Hirschmann Car Communication (HCC), one of the world’s leading suppliers of automobile communications and TV receivers. Thomas Adam, Head of Development at HCC, comments, “We have collaborated with Siano to ensure that the SMS4470 is the ultimate solution for DVB-T2 reception even in the toughest mobile conditions. No other solution on the market even comes close to the level of performance of this Siano chip, and we are now incorporating it into multiple HCC systems.”

“The rise of DVB-T2 gives Siano a great opportunity to utilize its superior technology in broadcast mobile TV,” said Alon Ironi, CEO of Siano. “This technology marks a step-up in the evolution of television, as it enables Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV or UHD, which includes 4K UHD (2160p) and 8K UHD (4320p)). Already having several customers, including Hirschmann, Skyworth, and other market leaders adopting this new Siano receiver chip, is the best way to launch a new product.”