Xceive Launches XC800 COFDM Digital Demodulator with Exclusive Digital Tuner Interface

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

New Digital Demodulator Chip Works Seamlessly with Xceive Silicon Tuners to Provide Complete Front-End Solution for DVB-T Market

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Xceive Corporation, the market leader in multi-standard RF-to-baseband silicon transceivers for the digital home market, today unveiled the XC800 COFDM digital demodulator. Featuring Xceive’s innovative direct digital interface (XDDI), the XC800 enables tight integration with the company’s hybrid silicon tuners to provide a highly-optimized silicon front-end solution for TV and PCTV manufacturers.

Not requiring an analog-to-digital (ADC) converter, the XC800’s XDDI interface results in lower power consumption and a more robust interface. The XDDI interface also ensures that consumers experience significantly less noise interference than a traditional demodulator/tuner combination, resulting in better reception capability and higher-quality video.

Xceive offers a bundled solution that combines the XC800 with an Xceive smart silicon tuner into a reference design that accelerates TV and PCTV products to market. The XC800’s joint integration with Xceive’s hybrid XC4300 or XC5000 series drives the ultimate TV experience by ensuring HD-quality images regardless of analog or digital TV reception. The XC800’s XDDI also simplifies the tuner-to-demodulator interface and related system design to streamline the front-end design process for TV manufacturers.

“Xceive’s XC800 accelerates the transition to next-generation silicon hybrid TV tuners by offering manufacturers a tightly coupled tuner demodulator solution that helps provide sharper, clearer images in even the most challenging reception conditions in order to meet growing consumer demand for quality flat panel TVs and small form factor PC TV solutions,” said Neil Mitchell, vice president of marketing for Xceive. “Due to the simple ease of use and design enabled through XDDI, the XC800 and Xceive’s smart silicon tuners are well positioned as a complete front-end solution for manufacturers targeting growth in DVB-T markets around the world.”

Combined with Xceive’s latest generation of smart silicon tuners, the XC800 helps manufacturers reduce their bill of materials by allowing the sharing of power supply and crystal between the two front-end components. Field trials have already taken place in Europe where the XC800 has met or exceeded requirements for all required standards, including Nordig Unified, DTG D-book, E-book and ETS 300 744.

“The rapid uptake of next-generation flat panel TV in Europe signals a large push for high-quality reception capability,” said Michael Inouye, industry analyst at In-Stat. “By offering a complete solution that helps further tighten the integration of front-end architecture to accommodate growing consumer demand for thinner flat panel TVs and smaller footprint PCTVs, the XC800 fulfills a critical need for manufacturers targeting growth markets.”

Production samples of the XC800 and associated smart silicon tuner reference kits are now available.