AUDIO/VIDEO: Audio/video demodulator serves growing worldwide legacy analog TV market

Toronto, Canada – The FM1050 from Fresco Microchip Inc. is an audio/video demodulator for cable and terrestrial broadcast television reception that provides optimum flexibility with universal support for NTSC, PAL and SECAM analog broadcast standards.

Developed to address the analog TV market, the FM1050 is the first standalone universal legacy demodulator IC to eliminate the need for multiple external SAW filters typically required for TV-grade reception. Fresco's iSAW technology delivers the industry's best adjacent channel rejection and greatly simplifies traditional designs through significant component count and cost reduction.

The FM1050 is targeted for standard analog-only tuner modules or on-board platforms commonly found in TVs, set-top boxes and DVD-Rs. It accepts a standard 36MHz intermediate frequency (IF) signal from a silicon tuner or traditional MOPLL based CAN tuner and demodulates standard (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) and non-standard worldwide audio/video analog formats.

Additionally, the FM1050 includes Fresco's smartTUNE technology for enhancing picture quality by reducing the visible effects of television interference caused by tuner artifacts.

Lance Greggain, CEO of Fresco Microchip, said “While television markets in Western Europe and North America lead the digital transition, the vast majority of the world continues to rely on analog reception. According to industry estimates, China alone has approximately 350 million television household subscribers, but only 20 percent of these households will be digital by 2010. Likewise, the large majority of India's 100 million TV households employ analog-only receivers. The demand for analog remains robust in these key markets with industry experts forecasting sales growth of analog-only TVs.”

The FM1050 is available in a 40-pin 5×5 QFN package, offering customers an ultra-small footprint, highly integrated solution for best-in-market picture quality. Samples are available now to qualified customers.

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