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New Sharp TV tuner module or how small can it get

Sharp Corporation has developed a new tuner module for terrestrial digital & analog broadcasting, to be used in LCD TVs and digital video recorders. The unit features the industry's thinnest profile and most compact size; nevertheless it still offers a worldwide multi-standard compatibility supporting all terrestrial digital and analog broadcasting systems around the globe. The image on right nicely illustrates that the boundaries of miniaturization are reached because of the packaging and connectors and not by the electronics...

PRESS SUMMARY

Check-out the regular Sharp Aquos TV series at Shopping.comIndustry's Thinnest Profile and Most Compact Size

Sharp Corporation has developed and will introduce the new VA1N2WF2121 tuner unit for terrestrial digital and analog broadcasting, to be used in LCD TVs and digital video recorders. This unit features the industry's thinnest profile (5 mm) and most compact size (4.44 cc).

LCD TVs and digital video recorders typically incorporate multiple tuners to provide the functionality to receive multiple channels simultaneously. At the same time, consumers are seeking thinner, more stylish designs in these products.

This unit features a new silicon tuner IC that fully integrates the components that make up the tuner circuitry in a monolithic semiconductor device. This enables the industry's thinnest profile (approximately 50% thinner than the previous model*2) and most compact size (approximately 70% smaller than the previous model*2). In addition, a built-in digital signal processor and low-noise amplifier improves reception performance and contributes to an improved viewing experience in areas with poor signal quality. Further, combining compatibility with both digital and analog terrestrial broadcasts for all regions of the world into a single unit eliminates the need to design separate receiving circuits to accommodate each broadcast system, leading to greater efficiencies in design and production.

Major Features

1.  Newly developed silicon tuner IC enables the industry's thinnest profile (5 mm) and most compact size (4.44 cc).
2.   Improved reception performance thanks to digital signal processor and low-noise amplifier.
3.  Worldwide multi-standard compatibility supporting all terrestrial digital and analog broadcasting systems around the globe.

*1 Except for protrusions, including connecting parts. For tuner units for terrestrial broadcasting; as of June 28, 2010; based on Sharp research.
*2 Compared to Sharp's previous VA1E2ED2001 tuner unit (package size 30.9 x 55.8 x 9.5 mm).

Additional information: Check-out the regular Sharp Aquos TV series at Shopping.com
June 30, 2010
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