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SILICON LABS DEBUTS NEXT-GEN DEMODULATOR PORTFOLIO.

Silicon Labs has debuted its next-generation digital TV demodulator family offering expanded support for the latest satellite, terrestrial and cable standards. The new Si218x family includes the world's first demodulators supporting the recently launched DVB-S2X specification, which adds new features and higher performance to the DVB-S2 standard. The family also expands Silicon Labs' industry-leading terrestrial demodulator portfolio with support for the Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB- T) standard prevalent in Brazil and other Latin America countries. The Si218x family meets the diverse digital TV reception requirements of TV and set-top box (STB) makers, RF network interface module (NIM) suppliers and DVD/Blu-ray recorder manufacturers worldwide.

Silicon Labs' single-chip Si218x demodulators build on continuous digital demodulation architectural enhancements to support emerging and established standards for terrestrial (DVB-T/T2, ISDB-T), satellite (DVB- S/S2/DSS/S2X) and cable (DVB-C/C2, ITU-T J83 Annex A/B/C) reception. The single-channel Si218x and dual-channel Si218x2 families enable TV and STB manufacturers to simplify complex video front-end designs and to address combinations of multiple broadcast standards with a single field-proven, low-power and cost-effective demodulator solution.

For terrestrial broadcast applications, Silicon Labs holds the industry's highest DVB-T2 demodulator market share in the TV industry. Silicon Labs has embedded its extensive field experience in the terrestrial broadcast market into its third-generation Si218x DVB-T2 demodulators, which now support the popular ISDB-T standard. Developed to deliver high-quality digital video terrestrial reception, ISDB-T was pioneered in Japan and is deployed in Brazil and another 15 countries in South America, Central America, Africa and Asia.

The Digital TV Laboratory, a part of Mackenzie Presbyterian University located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a digital TV laboratory for transmission and reception system research. Since 1997, the laboratory has handled ISDB-T compliance and certification tests in cooperation with the Brazilian Broadcasters Association (ABERT), the Society for TV Engineers (SET), the Brazilian Communications Ministry and the Brazilian government regulatory agency, ANATEL.

In addition to complying with ISDB-T, the Si218x family supports the new DVB-S2X extension to the DVB-S2 standard for satellite reception. Demodulators supporting DVB-S2X enable developers to future-proof their TV and STB designs with advanced channel-recovery features and technology to support the upcoming roll-out of 4K Ultra HD TV reception based on high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) capabilities.

The single-channel Si218x demodulators use the same 7 mm x 7 mm QFN-48 package as Silicon Labs' previous demodulator family, providing pin-to-pin compatibility, simplifying board design, and minimizing cost and research and development. The dual-channel Si218x2 demodulators, also pin compatible in an 8 mm x 8 mm QFN-68 package, feature an innovative on-chip crossbar architecture that enables system designers to address a wide range of multi-receiver applications with efficient, cost-effective solutions. The Si218x and Si218x2 demodulators share the same API software, enabling customers to expand and adapt their application software to these new demodulators and upgrade their TV and STB products to ISDB-T and the latest digital video broadcast standards.

Silicon Labs

Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB) is a provider of silicon, software and system solutions for the Internet of Things, Internet infrastructure, industrial automation, consumer and automotive markets.

For more information, visit www.silabs.com/ or call 512/532-5871
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