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Excerpted from CED Broadband Direct, by Jeff Baumgartner


Microtune Inc. has unveiled a silicon-based tuner-receiver reference design based on newly adopted "Plug-and-Play" (P&P) standards designed to create a technical baseline for cable-ready, set-top-free digital television sets.


Microtune said its design, the MT2111-PNP-RD, enables TV manufacturers to add cable compatibility to their digital television products, including those based on plasma display panels and liquid crystal displays.


"While current prototype (P&P) televisions use two separate tuners -- one for terrestrial reception and a second for cable reception -- Microtune's reference design offers a compact design using just a single tuner," said Jon Koval, VP and GM of Microtune's broadband communications business unit.
 

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I wish they'd learn from computer & communications manufacturers and make these things modular. I work with a lot more complicated equipment than this everyday, and swapping hardware really is plug & play - pull one out, put a new one in. If even a few manufacturers could agree on an interface, it'd cut the cost of tuners considerably.


...but then they couldn't make us buy a new TV just to get a new built-in tuner.
 
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