The DVB-T2-Lite specification allows simpler receiver implementations for mobile and handheld reception. Additionally, the specification enables “scrambling of L1 post-signaling,” an attractive feature for new DVB-T2 infrastructure deployments that reduces the cost of the power amplifier in the broadcast transmitter. Emerging countries recently deploying DVB-T2 have implemented these lower cost transmitters. Legacy DVB-T2 demodulators that do not support DVB-T2-Lite will not be able to receive T2-Lite broadcasts. Therefore, it is imperative that TV and STB makers use a demodulator that supports DVB-T2-Lite to address the global terrestrial broadcast market.Silicon Labs’ Si216x/6x2 family is designed to reduce demodulator lock times across the DVB-C2/C/T2/T/S2/S standards. The new demodulators demonstrate very short lock times in DVB-C2 mode, and they provide the industry’s fastest DVB-T2 lock times, even in the presence of co-channel interference (CCI), which is an important consideration in countries where DVB-T2 and analog broadcasting coexist. Fast lock time is a critical feature for TV and STB makers since it enables shorter “zapping” time (the speed of changing channels), an attractive consumer experience feature for TV viewers. Noticeably long zap time can be irritating for TV viewers while very fast zapping can be a key performance consideration and differentiator when selecting a new TV or STB in the retail market. “Silicon Labs has achieved the largest share of advanced DVB demodulators in the TV market by consistently supporting the latest DVB standards and providing highly integrated solutions like our new dual demodulators that enable customers to reduce design complexity and cost,” said James Stansberry, vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs’ broadcast products. “When combined with Silicon Labs’ market-leading TV tuners, the Si216x/6x2 demodulators provide customers with the highest performance video front-end solution from RF to baseband.” The single-channel Si216x demodulators use the same 7 mm x 7 mm QFN-48 package as Silicon Labs’ previous demodulator family, providing pin-to-pin compatibility, simplifying board design and reducing cost. The dual Si216x2 demodulators are pin-compatible in a compact 8 mm x 8 mm QFN-68 package. The Si216x and Si216x2 demodulators share the same API software, enabling customers to easily adapt their application software to these new demodulators and upgrade their iDTV and STB products to the latest DVB-T2-Lite and DVB-C2 features.
Pricing and AvailabilitySamples and production quantities of the Si216x and Si216x2 DVB demodulators are available now. The Si2164 universal DVB-C2/C/T2/T/S2/S demodulator and Si21642 dual DVB-C2/C/T2/T/S2/S demodulator are flagship products within Silicon Labs’ complete single and dual demodulator portfolio. Depending on the supported DVB standards, product pricing in 10,000-unit quantities begins at $6.86 (USD) for single-channel demodulators. The Si216x/6x2 demodulator family is supported by a comprehensive set of evaluation boards. Reference design schematics, layout Gerber files and sample driver source code help expedite time to market while reducing development costs. For more information about Silicon Labs’ latest DVB demodulator products and to obtain samples, please visit www.silabs.com/tv-demodulator. Silicon Labs Silicon Labs is an industry leader in the innovation of high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs. Developed by a world-class engineering team with unsurpassed expertise in mixed-signal design, Silicon Labs’ diverse portfolio of patented semiconductor solutions offers customers significant advantages in performance, size and power consumption. For more information about Silicon Labs, please visit www.silabs.com. Cautionary Language This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on Silicon Labs’ current expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. For a discussion of factors that could impact Silicon Labs’ financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, please refer to Silicon Labs’ filings with the SEC. Silicon Labs disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Note to editors: Silicon Laboratories, Silicon Labs, the “S” symbol, the Silicon Laboratories logo and the Silicon Labs logo are trademarks of Silicon Laboratories Inc. All other product names noted herein may be trademarks of their respective holders.