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February 04, 2013

Orca Systems Unveils DVB-T2 Front-End Reference Design for TVs with Panasonic Demodulator LSI

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Poway, Calif. based company Orca Systems, Inc. has unveiled its new DVB-T2/T/C and analog TV front-end reference design specifically for televisions with Orca's ORC5310 hybrid TV tuner and Panasonic (News - Alert) Corporation's MN88472 demodulator.

The company has presented the ORC5310 as single-chip, CMOS-based, hybrid TV tuner with analog demodulator that can collect both analog and digital signals from either terrestrial and cable networks, worldwide. Orca System uses breakthrough DSP-RF platform that is a novel wireless transceiver architecture that solves the challenges of development complexity, cost, power consumption and performance of RF and mixed signal designs in sub-micron CMOS process technology.

Introduced specifically for Panasonic's MN88472 DVB-T2/T/C demodulator IC, the reference design accomplishes high sensitivity, good interference rejection and stable reception in multipath environments.

"DVB-T2 is rapidly being deployed in many countries throughout Europe, Africa and Asia," said Guruswami Sridharan, CEO and founder of Orca Systems. "The turnkey reference design with Panasonic enables our customers to adopt a pre-qualified DVB-T2/analog front-end solution with minimal engineering investment and reduced time to market."

The company officials confirmed that the new set of design materials such as schematics, layout gerbers, BoM list, and GUI evaluation software with integrated tuner and demodulator drivers are currently available. The design was tested with the latest DVB-T2 specifications, including NORDIG and D-Book standards.

Recently, Orca Systems announced that Onida, a leading Indian consumer electronics manufacturer, has selected Orca's ORC5305 silicon tuner for its Next Generation LED televisions. The ORC5305 is a single-chip, CMOS-based, hybrid TV tuner that can receive both analog and digital signals from either terrestrial and cable networks.

Orca is headquartered in Poway, Calif., and has a development office in Bangalore, India.

Edited by Carlos Olivera

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