Digital Broadcasting Update: Changes are On Track

OEMs are also increasing their output of DTV-enabled products. A supplier of integrated silicon tuners, Xceive Inc., confirms that activity. Neil Mitchell of Xceive noted that TV manufacturers were looking for several important features as they make the transition of designs from traditional metal can tuners to all-solid state products. Among the expected performance requests is high sensitivity, to aid performance with small antennas and indoor locations. Since Xceive’s products include the analog-to-digital conversion circuitry, ADC performance is high on the list of customer concerns. Somewhat surprising, Mitchell reports, is that NTSC performance is also important. After all, cable and satellite systems will continue to support analog TV formats until at least February 17, 2012. Recorded media will be around as long as individual consumers wish to keep their equipment in operating condition.