Feeds

Microtune boots up for in-car TV

Watching TV while the rubber economy burns?

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Digital tuner chip company Microtune has launched a new chip for in-car reception of DVB-T signals, a market expected to explode during 2009, despite the obvious luxury status of in-car TV reception.

Getting a decent TV signal into a car isn't as easy as it might initially appear. Traditional analogue systems are only good up to around 40kmph with aerials that provide a useful boomerang for Crocodile Dundee's chauffeur but lack the smooth lines of today's vehicles. To get a decent signal you need multiple tuners, attached to multiple antennas - up to four of them if you want to be able to watch while bowling down the autobahn at 200kmph.

Which is where Microtune's new $7.50 chip comes in. Attached to aerials concealed within the rear window, and the two rear passenger windows if necessary, the four signals combined can pick up digital TV at 210kmph. Microtune tells us that 25 million digital tuners will be fitted to cars during 2009, though at an average of 2.5 tuners per car that's only 10 million vehicles world wide.

Most of those will be in Asia - predominantly Japan - as Americans prefer to watch DVDs in the back of the car. Which is strange, as we've always understood Japanese TV to be even worse than what's available in the USA, even if the coverage is better. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley
'People have been brainwashed to believe that their world will be changed forever if they get FTTP'
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee
Father of the worldwide web is extremely peeved over pay-per-packet-type plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.