Ceramate Technical Co, Ltd Introduces the World's Smallest DVB-T STB Module Enabling TV Reception on Any Portable Device

    TAOYUAN, Taiwan, Feb. 12 /CNW/ -

    -   New CT500 DVB-T mobile STB is addressing the needs of a new
        generation of portable convergence devices.
    -   Based on Abilis Systems DVB-T single chip receiver and C&M
        Microelectronics audio/video decoder
    -   Ultra small footprint ( 20 x 38 mm, one side components ) easily
        embeddable in any portable device with an LCD display.
    -   Superior performances and power efficiency
    -   To be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress 2009, Barcelona

    Ceramate Technical Co,Ltd., the added value distributor of STB solutions
in Taiwan and China, announced today the availability of the CT500 module, the
world's smallest Set Top Box module. The CT500 module is a full featured DVB-T
receiver and MPEG2 video decoder: antenna IN , video OUT. As small as 20 x 38
mm, and with an unprecedented power consumption of 850 mW, it ideally fits
into any portable device such as DVD player, navigation systems, media
players, pocket TVs and any other convergence device. The CT500 was designed
as a partnership with Abilis Systems and C&M Microelectronics, two leaders for
mobile TV products.
    "This module reinforces our strategy to serve our customers with
breakthrough added value solutions, ready for a direct integration into their
handheld devices," said Robert Cheng, CEO of Ceramate. "With such a small size
and power consumption, not to mention a highly competitive price, DVB-T
reception will become a must-have feature."
    The CT500 module is based on the AS-102, a single chip DVB-T receiver
from Abilis Systems, produced in a 5mm x 5mm CSP package. Requesting very few
external components, this chip enables the smallest footprint for a complete
DVB-T receiver. "Our receiver is now a mature product, which has been
extensively characterized throughout Europe. Thanks to our software defined
radio approach we have been able to steadily improve the performances in real
life conditions, to outperform the benchmarked alternative solutions,"
declared Yves Mathys, CEO of Abilis Systems.
    Schedar1 is an ultra small MPEG-2 single-chip audio/video/system decoder
for mobile/portable TV solution. It provides low-power, cost-effective
solution, yet with advanced audio/video controls.
    "Schedar series are based on proven Video IP solutions (MPEG-2/ H.264
from Chips&Media) which most SoC company have used. Another new product,
Schedar2, which is the world's smallest (7X7 form factor) MPEG-2 decoder
includes 16MByte SDRAM inside, is coming soon. We, C&M Microelectronics will
continuously provide more competitive Digital Broadcasting Products to
mobile/portable customers continuously," said Jesse Lim, CEO of C&M
    Dr Lee, General Manager of BestImage Co, Ltd declared: "Such a small and
high performance module is key to provide our customers with a new generation
of portable devices with embedded DTV, appealing with both their slim form
factor and long battery life."
    The Ceramate product line of mobile STB will be demonstrated at the
Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona early February by Abilis
Systems ( 4.4HS02 ).

    About Abilis Systems

    Abilis Systems, a Kudelski Group company, provides true single-chip CMOS
solutions for OFDM-based radio communications standards, enabling any
electronics device with a display to receive digital TV broadcasts. By
utilizing software-defined radio architectures to guarantee the highest
quality of service in all reception conditions, combined with the latest low
power technology, Abilis Systems enables a small footprint, low power
television receiver which can support mobile and digital TV standards
worldwide. The fabless semiconductor company's unique 'antenna-to-digital'
solution is easily integrated to output a digital TV video stream ready for
decoding and display. Abilis Systems, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland,
also actively co-operates with sister companies of the Kudelski Group to
develop complete hardware/software packages for highly secured conditional
access systems. For more information, visit http://www.abilis.com.

    About Ceramate Technical Co, Ltd

    Ceramate has proudly developed its services and product lines with a
spirit of aggressive challenges. With a global vision, Ceramate is always
focussing at cooperating with its customers to support their successful
    Ceramate believes its success will be based on its customers's
satisfaction, resulting from trustworthy and reliable services by a
experienced team. For more information, please visit

    About C&M Microelectronics

    C&M Microelectronics specializes in innovative SoC solutions for mobile
applications and digital multimedia consumer applications, such as mobile
handsets, navigation devices, portable media players (PMPs), IPTV set-top
boxes, and DVB S/T/C PVR set-top boxes. C&M Microelectronics provides
cutting-edge source coding & channel coding SoC products with top-notch
technologies to market-leading customers including MPEG-2 Decoder IC's, MPEG-4
Decoder IC's, H.264/AVC, WMV9/VC-1, Real Video Decoder ICs and etc. With
extensive specialties from its prior video IP solution business, C&M
Microelectronics helps customers to perform high-performance multimedia under
ultra low-power consumption.
    Headquartered in Seoul, Korea, C&M Microelectronics also has a sales
office in Shenzhen, China.
    For more information, please visit the company's web site at

For further information:

For further information: Angus YEN, Digital TV Product Manager,
+886-937-922-972, angus@ceramate.com.tw; Eric Gouze, Head of Business
Development, +41-19-706-1900, Eric.gouze@abilis.com

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