Alps Electric Develops a New TV Tuner for Terrestrial Digital Broadcasting

Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:00am EDT

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One Casing is Compatible with Both Digital and Analog Broadcasting
                      in Europe and North America
TOKYO--(Business Wire)--
Alps Electric (NIKKEI:6770) has developed new TV tuners for
terrestrial digital broadcasting - "TDA Series" - which are compatible
in common casing with both terrestrial digital and analog broadcasting
for Europe and North America. Shipment of samples commenced this
March. In addition, we also prepared products for digital cable TV for
China, Europe and other areas in this series.

   This series carries models that are compatible with both
terrestrial digital and analog broadcasting for each area in Europe
and North America and models for digital cable TV broadcasting for
China, Europe and other areas. All models come in one common casing
realized through our original RF circuit technology and
high-definition mounting technology.

   Alps Electric realized a single casing size of 53x38x13mm (WxDxH)
that allows compatibility with all broadcasting standards and
configurations in Europe, North America and China. Mounting a tuner
which meets standards of each area contributes to design flexibility
for set makers who develop set products in common global designs.

   Improvements in the airtightness rate of the casing, restrains
tuner noise and improves resistance against noise caused by other
parts built into the set product. Tuners which are compatible with
both terrestrial digital and analog broadcasting for Europe and North
America suffer from the problem of noise in the tuner deteriorating
the reception quality of the terrestrial analog broadcasting. So, to
overcome this weakness, we built the original circuit into the tuner
to reduce tuner noise and to realize higher reception quality for the
terrestrial analog broadcasting.

   Principal Applications: Flat panel TVs, set-top boxes, DVD
recorders, etc.

   Sample Price: JPY 5,250

ALPS Electric Co., Ltd.
Rie ANDO, +81-3-5499-8001
Public Relations Dept.
alps-pr@jp.alps.com
www.alps.com

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