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Sharp Develops Industrys First Tuner Module Compatible with China Digital Television Terrestrial Broadcasting System Standard


Single Package Is Less than 1/100th the Size of Previous Tuner2

Sharp Corporation has developed the VA3C5CZ920, the industry’s first1 tuner module compatible with GB20600-2006, the China Digital Television Terrestrial Broadcasting System Standard. Sample shipments will start in late January 2008. This tuner module is less than 1/100th the size of conventional “can” tuners3 for receiving China’s terrestrial digital broadcasts. The small package size of just 10.7 x 10.7 x 1.4 mm means that this tuner module can go into mobile equipment such as portable TVs and allow them to receive terrestrial digital broadcasts.

Established in August 2006, China’s terrestrial digital broadcast standard has begun test service and plans are for a gradual conversion to full-fledged service. This is fueling expectations for a growing market in mobile equipment capable of receiving high-quality HD broadcasts as the country heads for major events like the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

Unlike conventional can tuners, key component tuners like this one mainly go into mobile equipment and must therefore be extremely small. The VA3C5CZ920 answers this call with a compact, single package achieved through proprietary high-frequency and high-density-mounting technologies that came out of Sharp’s experience in developing tuner modules for One-Seg, Japan’s terrestrial digital broadcast format.

Major Features

  1. Industry’s first1 tuner compatible with GB20600-2006, the China Digital Television Terrestrial Broadcasting System Standard
  2. The single package measures just 10.7 x 10.7 x 1.4 mm, less than 1/100th the size of Sharp’s previous tuner
  3. Achieves low power consumption of 530 mW (during continuous operation)

1 As of December 4, 2007; Sharp survey; for tuner module containing high-frequency IC, OFDM demodulation IC, and other components in a single package.
2 Volume compared to the VA1TEF1092, Sharp’s tuner for China’s terrestrial digital broadcasts (which measures 52 x 35.9 x 13.4 mm).
3 Tuner containing numerous analog components encased in metal.

Product name Tuner module for receiving Chinese terrestrial digital broadcasts
Model name VA3C5CZ920
Sample price (tax included) 30,000 yen
Samples available Late January 2008


Model name VA3C5CZ920
Target area China
Output format TS output
Receiving frequency spectrums VHF band: 167 to 223 MHz
UHF band: 470 to 870 MHz4
OFDM demodulation Built-in (Legend Silicon demodulator)
Control interface I2C-bus
Supply voltage 1.8 V (RF), 1.2 V (OFDM core)
I/O supply voltage 2.5 V
Power consumption 530 mW (typ. during continuous operation)
Outside dimensions 10.7 x 10.7 x 1.4 mm

4 Receiving frequency spectrums will vary for models with GSM interference prevention.

The following information is true and accurate at the time of publication. Manufacture, sale, price and specifications of products may be subjected to change.

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