Product category: Communications ICs (Wireless)
News Release from: Frontier Silicon | Subject: Kino 2
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 9 February 2006

Second-generation IC cuts
handset TV system size

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Kino 2 is a second-generation mobile TV device, set to bring TV to smaller phones with longer battery life and lower cost

At 3GSM Frontier Silicon, the market leader in solutions for digital radio and mobile TV, will launch its latest chip, Kino 2, bringing TV to smaller phones with longer battery life and lower cost. Kino 2 is the next step in the company's mobile TV roadmap, already in use in TV enabled mobile phones from Samsung.

Kino is the only available T-DMB receiver with the flexibility to take care of the diverse requirements of networks worldwide.

Kino 1 was the first T-DMB baseband to ship into commercially available handsets and is now successfully shipping in mass production into the Samsung B2300 which is the top selling T-DMB mobile phone in Korea, and later this year it will be used in products for mobile TV launches in Germany, China, India and Norway.

The new chip, Kino 2, has several advantages for the mobile phone industry.

Kino 2 has all the advantages of Kino 1, but it delivers significant improvements in size, power consumption and cost.

It slashes power consumption in half resulting in longer battery life; reduces overall system cost which will bring mobile TV into the main stream and reduces system size by more than 40%, enabling mobile TV in smaller, slimmer phones.

Kino 2 is a true multimode device with built in flexibility through software customisation, supporting all T-DMB variants as well as DAB and DAB-IP in a single chip.

The flexibility offered by Kino 2 enables advanced features such as conditional access and data services to be implemented in software.

When combined with the multi-band capability of the Apollo silicon tuner, handset vendors can produce mobile TV featured devices that are compatible with the requirements of all T-DMB markets worldwide.

Kino 2 also provides full support for DAB Digital Radio.

By integrating Kino 2 into a mobile phone a manufacture is able to offer consumers a product which can be used to enjoy high quality TV and radio services.

Kino 2 also enables new types of products in noncellular markets, bringing mobile TV and DAB into any gadget that with a display and a speaker.

Such products could be pocket TVs, USB dongles, personal media players, notebook computers, portable gaming devices and in-car media devices.

With Kino 2 the consumer can take their TV and radio with them.

Anthony Sethill, Frontier Silicon CEO adds: 'The Kino product line is based on proven technology that has already shipped in 3 million digital radio products worldwide'.

'Also the Kino architecture has been successfully integrated with a media processor from Texas Instruments in mass production mobile phones and it has now been integrated by DiCoin with the Nomadik media processor from STMicroelectronics'.

'This experience and broad platform support derisks T-DMB product development for our customers and gets them to production in the shortest possible time'.

'Frontier Silicon is investing heavily to continually innovate in the mobile TV market enabling manufacturers to bring interesting and attractive features to mobile phones and other innovative consumer devices'.

'Being able to offer the complete T-DMB chipset, RF, baseband and software, is the foundation for our strong roadmap of new mobile TV chipsets'.

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