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Sharp develops first dual-mode tuner module for digital broadcasts.

OSAKA, May 22 Kyodo

Sharp Corp. said Tuesday it has developed the world's first tuner module capable of receiving two different terrestrial digital broadcasts for mobile devices such as cellphones and car navigation systems.

The dual-mode tuner module can receive both DVB-H and T-DMB broadcasts, overseas versions of Japan's ''one-segment'' or ''one-seg'' terrestrial digital broadcast which began in April last year.

DVB-H broadcasting services are available in various areas centered on Europe, while those using the T-DMB format have started in South Korea and some parts of Europe, according to Sharp.

The Osaka-based consumer electronics maker, which has the capacity to produce 300,000 units of the module each month, will begin sample shipments for 20,000 yen apiece in early July.
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