ATI's NXT2003™ and NXT2004™ Receiver Technology Selected by Philips RF Solutions
Tuner technology provides advanced ATSC and cable tuner module family
Tuesday, January 7, 2003
MARKHAM, Ontario - ATI Technologies
Inc. (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) announced today that Philips RF
Solutions, a leader in Radio Frequency (RF) modules for multimedia
and set-top box applications, has chosen the NXT2004™ VSB/QAM
receiver and the NXT2003™ DTV Cable and Terrestrial Receiver
for its latest generation of ATSC (advanced television systems
committee) and cable tuners as it brings the benefits of RF-to-bits
modules to the DTV market.
The tuner/demodulator products are intended for terrestrial
and cable compatible digital TV (DTV), set-top box, and PC-DTV
products for countries using the ATSC standard.
"As the advances in digital cable compatibility exponentially
accelerate the digital television transition, we're seeing
more and more consumer electronics companies searching for
ways to shorten DTV product development cycles and to add
cable compatibility," said Mike Gittings, Director of
Digital Television Marketing, DTV/Consumer Products Group,
ATI Technologies Inc. "Philips' TU1236 and TUV1236 product
family meet this demand by providing manufacturers with an
RF-to-bits integrated module that eliminates the need to develop
discrete receiver designs. State of the art digital and analog
cable reception is realized by the combination of Philips
RF technology and ATI's NXT2004 and NXT2003 receiver technology.
"Additionally, while unidirectional digital cable compatibility
is very important, we still see demand for terrestrial/clear
QAM products that deliver quality pictures at an economical
cost. By integrating the best of Philips technology with the
best of ATI technology, Philips has created a family of solutions
that will bring DTV to consumers quickly."
The NXT2003 and NXT2004 are the highest performance DTV solutions
on the market today. The devices demonstrate superior reception
performance in the presence of multipath, phase noise, impulse
noise, adjacent and co-channel interference for both terrestrial
and cable environments.
"Our customers have been building products that use
ATI's NXT-based demodulators and Philips tuners individually
for years," said Bas Slotboom, Director of Marketing
and Sales, Philips RF Solutions. "Many of these customers
requested that Philips and ATI work together to build this
product based on ATI's NXT-based expertise in VSB technology,
coupled with Philips' well-known product quality and reliability
in PC-TV and STB applications. The decision for integrating
NXT2003 and NXT2004 into Philips' TU1236 and TUV1236 product
family was based on a combination of factors such as a very
small IC footprint, good performance and excellent application
support from ATI."
The TU1236 is an integrated ATSC/QAM receiver module similar
in size to the NTSC modules used in the PC-TV market using
the NXT2004 QAM/VSB receiver. The TUV1236 contains the same
ATI technology and adds a NTSC demodulator. The TUV1236U includes
VSB/QAM/NTSC and adds an Out-of-Band cable receiver that is
compliant with North American cable standards. All modules
incorporate Philips' proprietary RF AGC (automatic gain control)
detector to ensure excellent performance, even in large signal
conditions where most tuners suffer from overload. All modules
also offer low power consumption and excellent performance.
The TUV1236 product family is the most highly integrated ATSC/NTSC/QAM
Integrated Tuner Devices (ITD) available in the market.
ATI Technologies will exhibit its DTV technologies at International
CES in booth 31145 (south hall) January 9-12, 2003 in Las
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About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the
world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest,
with sales of $28.8 billion (EUR 32.3 billion) in 2001. It
is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric
shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring,
and one-chip TV products. Its 184,000 employees in more than
60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer
electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors,
and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol:
PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges.
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manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon
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foremost visual processor unit (GPU) provider and is dedicated
to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full
range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation,
set-top and digital television, game console and handheld
markets. With 2001 revenues in excess of US $1 billion, ATI
has more than 1,900 employees in the Americas, Europe and
Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto
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