LONDON Onda Communications Spa. (Roveredo In Piano, Italy) has developed a mobile digital TV (MDTV) PC card that for the first time supports both DVB-H and high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) modems for the PC and notebook markets.
The DVB-H/HSDPA PC card is initially being marketed by Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), for its DVB-H and data communication networks and was co-developed with Siano Mobile Silicon (Netanya, Israel), a supplier of semiconductor solutions for MDTV, and CyberLink (Taiwan), a developer of digital entertainment and multimedia software solutions.
The TV/modem card will provide end users with on-the-go access to a range of high-quality multimedia and data communication applications, like movies, music and sports. The DT501HS sales will start in TIM's stores in Italy next month.
The card interfaces to the notebook via USB 2.0 High Speed includes a SIM card of the operator (TIM) and a secured conditional access mechanism by NagraVision.0
“Italy was the first European country to commercially deploy DVB-H, and the coverage here is nation-wide,” said Michelanglo Agrusti, president of Onda. “We regard this product as being a clear natural extension to our existing DVB-H and HSDPA mobile products.”
The DT501HS does not have an external antenna that sticks out but uses Siano's SMS8021 antenna chip which was co-developed with Vishay) and which is mounted on the internal pc board. DVB-H reception is done by Siano's SMS1010 single chip receiver.
“This gives a new dimension to the potential revenues that operators can make from DVB-H,” ssaid Alon Ironi, CEO of Siano. “The same DVB-H network that serves mobile phones can address users of notebooks or even home desktop PCs – this is a growth multiplier.
The DT501HS is complemented by an PC application provided by CyberLink. In conjunction with the Siano receiver, CyberLink's software supports such advanced features as live picture-in-picture mode and an audio-visual TV program guide.