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Ceramate Announces the Availability of CT500 Module

The distributor of STB solutions in Taiwan and China, Ceramate Technical has announced the availability of the CT500 Set Top Box module.
The new CT500 DVB-T mobile STB is built to address the needs of a next-generation portable convergence devices. It is based on Abilis Systems’ DVB-T single chip receiver and C&M Microelectronics audio/video decoder.
Ceramate describes the CT500 module as a full featured DVB-T receiver and MPEG2 video decoder. It features a compact size, measuring 20 x 38 mm, and an unprecedented power consumption of 850 megawatts. It fits into any portable device such as a DVD player, navigation system, media player, pocket TV and many other convergence devices.
"Our receiver is now a mature product, which has been extensively characterized throughout Europe. Thanks to our software defined radio approach we have been able to steadily improve the performances in real life conditions, to outperform the benchmarked alternative solutions," saidYves Mathys, CEO of Abilis (News - Alert) Systems.
Abilis, a company that provides true single-chip CMOS solutions for OFDM-based radio communications standards, enables any electronics device with a display to receive digital TV broadcasts. According to the company, the CT500 is based on the AS-102, a single chip DVB-T receiver produced in a 5mm x 5mm CSP (News - Alert) package, and enables the smallest footprint for a complete DVB-T receiver.
C&M Microelectronic’s Schedar1, an ultra small MPEG-2 single-chip audio/video/system decoder used in CT500 provides a low- power, cost-effective solution, yet with advanced audio/video controls.
"Another new product, Schedar2, which is the world's smallest (7X7 form factor) MPEG-2 decoder includes 16MByte SDRAM inside, is coming soon. We, C&M Microelectronics will continuously provide more competitive Digital Broadcasting Products to mobile/portable customers continuously," said Jesse Lim, CEO of C&M Microelectronics.
"This module reinforces our strategy to serve our customers with breakthrough added value solutions, ready for a direct integration into their handheld devices," said Robert Cheng, CEO of Ceramate. "With such a small size and power consumption, not to mention a highly competitive price, DVB-T reception will become a must-have feature."
Abilis Systems will demonstrate the Ceramate product line of mobile STB at the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) taking place in Barcelona by Abilis Systems.
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Edited by Michelle Robart

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