Free-to-Air analog mobile video is booming in Latin America and China, and digital mobile TV services are ramping up throughout Asia, as well as Latin America.
In the US, new ATSC mobile DTV services are launching and will drive solid growth in a few short years. As a result, within a few years, In-Stat (www.in-stat.com) expects the worldwide market value of mobile TV tuners to exceed $400 million by 2014.
"The biggest problem for mobile TV services is that they are developing on a country-by-country basis," says Gerry Kaufhold, Principal Analyst. "The fragmentation of standards in different regions with different adoption rates, poses a challenge for technology manufacturers developing unique decoder technologies for each segment. However, the growing revenue opportunity is still appealing."
Some of the research findings include:
• The CAGR for worldwide value of all mobile TV tuners will be over 12% from 2009 through 2014, and units will grow at nearly double that rate.
• Unit shipments for digital mobile TV tuners are expected to triple from 2009 to 2014.
• Devices that may incorporate a mobile TV tuner include mobile phones, laptops and notebooks, portable media players, PDAs & smartphones, portable navigation devices (GPS), portable game consoles, and automotive TVs.
• Some highly integrated tuner/demodulator SoCs include channel filtering, digital carrier and timing recovery, channel selectivity, gain control, and LO (local oscillator) generation, which eliminates the need for an external low-noise amplifier.
Recent In-Stat research, World Mobile Silicon TV Tuners in Eight Regions (#IN1005040MMT) provides a comprehensive review of the mobile TV tuner market including:
• First-ever forecast for ATSC mobile DTV devices, through 2014
• Analog and digital mobile TV tuner shipments in eight geographic regions
• Average selling price (ASP) estimates for each category in eight regions
• In-depth discussion of silicon partitioning issues and future integration roadmaps
• Profiles of 18 silicon tuner manufacturers including: Abilis Systems, ANADIGICS, Broadcom, DiBcom, Elonics, ESS Technology, Fresco Microchip, Maxlinear, Microtune, NXP Semiconductors N.V., Siano, Silicon Laboratories, ST-Ericsson, STMicroelectronics N. V., Telegent Systems, Texas Instruments, Trident Microsystems, Xceive, and Zoran
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