Sony announces 40 models of silicon tuner modules compatible with worldwide broadcast systems

Sony will begin to ship samples of its extensive lineup of silicon tuner modules, which incorporate Sony’s silicon turner IC that conform to worldwide broadcast systems. In light of the market’s transition from coil to silicon tuners, Sony will build up a global business by launching 40 small, high-performance silicon tuner modules, which incorporate its proprietary radio frequency circuit technology. In order to meet customers’ various demands, Sony has developed different types of silicon tuner modules including antenna switch models, loop-through function, demodulator models for digital broadcasts, and dual tuner models.

By using Sony’s silicon tuner modules, LCD TV and Video recording equipment manufacturers can realize improved production efficiencies, while being assured of superior performance. Sony’s silicon tuner modules are eco-friendly with low power consumption (40% less than Sony’s conventional coil tuner) and standby mode. In addition, they are immediately compatible with new broadcast systems such as, “DVB-T2 (Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial 2). Sony started mass production of silicon tuner modules in 2008 and has cumulatively produced more than 10 million modules (as of June 2010).