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NXP Introduces High-Performance Silicon Tuners With Zero-Power Loop-Through for Cable STBsTDA18250A and TDA18260A Silicon Tuners Feature Very High Levels of Integration (March 16, 2012)
EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS and SHANGHAI, CHINA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/16/12 -- NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI), the global market leader in silicon TV tuners, today introduced the TDA18250A and TDA18260A -- its latest high-performance single and dual silicon tuners for cable set-top-boxes (STBs) covering worldwide digital cable standards. The TDA18250A and TDA18260A are the industry's first silicon tuners to offer zero-power loop-through, enabling STB manufacturers to comply with the latest EU Ecodesign Directive requirements, which set standby power consumption levels at less than half a watt for simple STBs starting in 2013.
The new generation of cable silicon tuners from NXP is also the industry's first to fully integrate 8-kV of ESD protection inside the chip, enhancing robustness and further reducing the number of components required. Together, the integrated zero-power loop-through and ESD protection help to save PCB space in the STB, simplifying layout at the critical RF antenna input section, enabling better RF performance, and bringing down the total of bill of materials (BoM) by approximately US 20 cents.
"The TDA18250 is widely known as the 'silicon tuner of choice' for the growing cable STB market in China, due to its performance, cost-effectiveness, high level of integration, and proven manufacturing quality. Today, we're introducing NXP's next-generation TDA18250A and TDA18260A silicon tuners, which are the industry's first to enable zero-power loop-through and integrated ESD protection of 8 kV," said Luca Lo Coco, director, cable product line, NXP Semiconductors. "Delivering compelling performance advantages while consuming less power -- and in a smaller PCB space -- the TDA18250A and TDA18260A have been designed from the ground up to be the optimal choice for new cable STB development worldwide."
As stricter EU Ecodesign requirements go into effect, there is growing awareness among manufacturers and consumers about the importance of minimizing standby power consumption. During three hours of daily STB use, the loop-through typically burns through more electricity than the tuner itself. With the TDA18250A and TDA18260A, cable STB power consumption in standby mode is reduced significantly while the loop-through function remains active -- even allowing consumers to watch analog TV without switching on the set-top-box. By integrating zero-power loop-through into the silicon tuner itself, NXP is introducing a significant innovation without requiring additional discrete components or introducing additional sensitivity and complexity into cable STB design and manufacturing. Thus, NXP continues to enhance the silicon-tuner advantage over traditional can-type tuners in cost-sensitive applications -- eliminating the need for costly external components such as LNAs, SAW filters and baluns; enabling smaller form factors; enabling higher system reliability; and reducing total system costs.
NXP will showcase the TDA18250A and TDA18260A cable silicon tuners at CCBN 2012 in Beijing from March 21 - 23 (hall 1B, booth 705). Samples can be ordered from NXP starting in April 2012.
- TDA18250A product information: http://www.nxp.com/pip/TDA18250AHN
- Silicon tuner solutions from NXP: http://www.nxp.com/products/tv_and_stb_front_ends/silicon_tuners/
About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, NXP posted revenue of $4.2 billion in 2011. Additional information can be found by visiting www.nxp.com.
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